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Asian Girl

December 22, 2021
By ForgottenEcho SILVER, San Diego, California
ForgottenEcho SILVER, San Diego, California
8 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

Harsh words

Like shards of shrapnel

Piercing my heart:

“You will never belong.”

Some people say

I’m overreacting.

Some people say

I’m being too vague.

But just because

We don’t

Look like you.

Just because

We are not

Who you want us to be.

Just because

We can’t

Be like you.

Doesn’t mean

We can’t make a change.

I am an Asian girl.

And I am proud of who I am.


Appearances are deceiving.

You never know 

What color

A person may be

On the inside. 

You mocked us

For looking different?

We spend hours at the mirror

Hoping to impress.

Just like you.

You taunted us

For being too weak?

Don’t underestimate anyone

Without acknowledging their backstory.

We influence the world.

Just like you.

You accused us

Of starting COVID-19?

Our cities were devastated.

Our people died.

Our nations suffered.

Just like yours.

Indications can be lies.

Governments can keep secrets,

Even from their own people.

And humans have a choice.

A choice to decide.

A choice to make a change.

A choice

Not to be like everyone else.

You have a choice

To decide.

You have a choice

To speak.

You have a choice

To stand up.

Do you still

Remember us?

The author's comments:

A tribute to my dad, and anyone else

Who is one of the nameless victims of discrimination out there

Still waiting

Still hoping

Still dreaming of a day

Where they can find a voice.

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Afra ELITE said...
on Feb. 15 2022 at 1:08 am
Afra ELITE, Kandy, Other
102 articles 7 photos 1814 comments

Favorite Quote:
"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

Good work getting this powerful poem in editor's choice...👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻