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Poem by Matthew Hupert

Posted in Matthew Hupert with tags on April 28, 2017 by Scot

ever
been given
a gift you don’t want?

my grandparents weren’t white
enough for america.
It took the ovens and the hunger
of father & mother
it took political necessity
to make my people white.

-ish.

We had to be white
enough to elicit sympathy and sacrifice
and donations for war

whiteness was handed to us
like a prize with a smile
expected to mollify
modify
sand off the jigsaw nubs that makes us unique

re gifted –
not long before the Italians and Irish and Poles were gifted–
But somehow that was different – they wanted it – wanted belonging

A woman I knew once called me a gringo
But I told her the gringos que habían cagado en sus muertos
that shit on her dead
looked at killing us as venerable traditional
revered

I didn’t ask for this gift
& while I know it’s bad manners
I decline to accept

The only good thing is
now I can pass
through the 1st purge
at least

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