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a divide

March 23, 2022
By xarqirm PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
xarqirm PLATINUM, Louisville, Kentucky
20 articles 1 photo 3 comments

                   a divide.

 

push

 

pull

 

split

 

fight 

 

                   two sides of the coin

 

flip

 

                   heads or tails?

 

it lands on the ridge

 

                   perfectly balanced

 

as it

                                    rolls

 

                                                       down

 

                                                                        the hall

 

                                                                                           teetering

 

two doors raise themselves

 

                   no middle door

 

and i see two worlds

 

                                                                        teetering.

 

The door on the right 

                   smells of spice

                                      warm curry and incense 

deep fried tofu and sriracha

                                      it breathes fire

                   and smoke

a history of ashes and memories best left forgotten.

 

The door on the left

                   tastes like apple turnovers

                                      tart and rich

it burst in my mouth like lemon drops

                                      and saccharine licorice 

                                      but the drums march on

                   and overwhelms

a history of deceit and forgotten memories unloved.

 

                   the coin rolls on

 

                                      until it hits

                                                         and

                                                         drops

 

in between 

the two doors.

 

They shut and

 

 

 

 

I am alone.


The author's comments:

Yes, the format is messed up. I wanted to write a poem that describes my experience being biracial.


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