by Mae Cham

In this land of white people
Celebrating their so-called Fourth of July
Waving their striped flags
I watch and try to imitate them
When inside I feel like I don’t belong
I don’t understand why
I was born here just like them
I grew up here just like them
I have the documents proving I’m an
“American”
I am practically the same
Except I’m not
I have reformed to their white culture
Practiced how to speak their language
Recited the sounds that an “American”
would say
Though a small part of me protests
Telling me I don’t deserve all this
Maybe I really have become an American
The two argue over me
Pulling me apart like a game of tug of war
This is what happens everyday

Every day I live in the white man’s land”