My version of Levin Morales'

August 27, 2008
By Jessica Serrato, Millbrae, CA

I am a child of the Americas,
a fair haired Genovese,
the offspring of industrious farmers and carabinieri,
yet I do not know the toils of the soil.

I am a U.S. British Catholic
a product of the Industrial Revolution,
a Pennsylvania coal hauler’s great-granddaughter,
yet I do not know nature’s black diamond.

I am a sixth generation San Franciscan, city bred.
A descendant of the hopeful miners of the Gold Rush,
Sourdough lives within me and the Bay is my home,
but I remember I am pesto and Yorkshire pudding; they are my beginnings.
English is my language, but I live among a multitude of others.
I speak through texting and via e-mail,
and yet my identity resides in American pastimes.
I am the Golden Gate Bridge between history and the future.

I was born on the brink of the technological age.
I am a new generation,
Influenced by the past, yet shaping my own future.
I am of the ever-changing face that is America.

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This article has 10 comments.

ex-all said...
on Aug. 31 2008 at 6:40 pm
Relevant to lots of the young generations. loved it

JCJ said...
on Aug. 31 2008 at 12:10 am
A well written poem, very expressive and shows how proud Jessica is about her heritage.

alileland said...
on Aug. 30 2008 at 4:17 pm
I liked this poem because it is not limited just to kids of that heritage but everyone has mixed cultures of some sort. It is really well written.

sammelphan said...
on Aug. 30 2008 at 5:43 am
I enjoyed your poem. It reveals your thoughtful and insightful realization that you are deeply connected to your ancestors - to the generations that came before you - and helped to shape the person that you have become. Yet you understand that this is a new world you live in - very different from the past, but you still appreciate your roots.

LoisF said...
on Aug. 30 2008 at 12:45 am
I loved Jessica's poem. So much of what america is about. Many cultures making great people.

aibun said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 11:57 pm
I enjoyed this creative piece which helps define what is American. It is well written and thought provoking.

Wazoo said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 10:26 pm
Enjoyable and insightful prose. The author really draws me into seeing the complex layers which make up her persona.

girlzgnshopn said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 9:59 pm
Amazing poem, especially for a young girl. She must have an old sole to be so intuned to her family history. I wonder how many other teens feel the same.

NonnaM said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 9:59 pm
Jessica, I was really moved by your poem. You brought your history to life for me. Your poem is really nicely done.

cmbunney said...
on Aug. 29 2008 at 6:34 pm
Amazing Jess! You have great creativity!!


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