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They say she shouldn't be here.
They're right, in some ways.
Her hot-corn foods that leave you red
and cleansed
have no place among snow-covered trees
And maybe,

at the beginning,
when she slipped in and
never left,
she was all wrong for this place –
for decked-out hoodies and Gucci bags,
towering boots and briefcases –
and could be ripped away
on a whim.

But tell her that now
when the soapy water from others' homes
cracks her skin,
her dark hair pulled back
out of the way
until it turns gray.

I am a dream from the ghettos,
a vision from Ellis Island come true.

But if her little girl
with a shiny pink backpack
and her boy cutting lawns for his uncle
lose their dreamer,

if she were sent back
like a misrouted letter,
how could there ever be
more like me?

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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