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'What I am' (Poem)

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  • multiracialbookclub
    What I am I am what I am -- a child of the Americas. I am the child of the many Diaspora born into this continent at a crossroads ... am the son and daughter
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2007
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      What I am


      "I am what I am --
      a child of the Americas . 

      I am the child of
      the many Diaspora
      born into this continent
      at a crossroads ...
      am the son and daughter
      of many immigrants.  

      African waters
      the roots of my tree,
      but I cannot return. 

      I am a late leaf
      of that ancient tree,
      and my roots reach into
      the soil of America . 

      Each plate is different. 

      Europe lives in me,
      but I have no home there. 

      The table has a cloth
      woven by one,
      dyed by another,
      embroidered by another still. 

      I am a child of many mothers. 
      They have kept it all going. 

      All the civilizations were
      erected on their backs. 
      All the dinner parties
      given with their labor. 

      We are new. 

      They gave us life,
      kept us going and
      brought us to where we are. 

      Born at the crossroads. 

      Come, lay that dishcloth down. 
      Eat! Drink! Eat! 

      History made us,
      and we are whole."


      SOURCE: 
      http://www.oldsettlersreunion.com/Home%20Page.htm
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