My Identity. My Name
Living without my identity is like slipping through the drain on the side of the road.
Flowing away with the water
Nowhere to be seen.
As if I could be seen.
Instead I have no ears
And tell me, how does my first and only tongue take away my heritage?
How does my breath not count?
I didn’t inherit a language,
But I did inherit my history.
And I don’t like to have it stolen right out of my blood
Which I inherited like my hair,
And the last time I checked, my skin was tan and brown.
I don’t find it appropriate to pronounce me white
Like a clean slate
When I already have words permanently written on my skin.
It can’t be whitewashed.
Nothing about my family can be whitewashed.
The number of families split by borders can’t be whitewashed.
Erased and forgotten.
Living without the meaning to my complexion makes me feel guilty
For not being proud of it,
For not being proud to say I’m a Hispanic male.
So tell me, why is it that when I explain my sexuality I feel like I’m changing my gender?
Two separate words with two separate meaning aren’t meant to meld.
Just because I’m bisexual doesn’t mean I’m both genders.
Or one at a time.
Why is it that everyone suddenly thinks it’s okay to call me “girl”?
“Hey girl, what’s up!”
“Oh girl that’s fierce!”
“You’re such a girl.”
“Only girls do that.”
“What a girl, fucking faggot!”
And I know it comes out of humor sometimes
But other times I find people looking at my chest as if something’s missing.
Maybe they’ve realized my heart stopped beating,
That taking away my identity is like taking away my breath.
It’s my single necessity to survive when I’m stranded
Or surrounded in a crowd of people.
I can’t erase my identity.
I can’t turn back time.
I can’t live.
Without my name.
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