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    Spring backward. #photoaday #flowerstagram #firstdayofspring #spring #lastofwinter ❄️❤️ So yesterday, I ran a poetry workshop at a middle school and hearing the words from these youth, I feel a lot better about the world. One boy wrote a poem & was very shy about reading it. I offered to read it for him. To my surprise, he wrote about people wanting freedom and not being “illegal.” I hope he finds the courage some day to read the poem because these days, hate voices itself louder than love. Our kids deserve better role models. I didn’t grow up thinking about my immigration status, but I think many children have to now. 💔I’m at a very low point in my hope bank. I’m taking notes on how to say goodbye to a country. I think one way is love and one way is poetry.
#loveislouder #happyworldpoetryday This Sunday I made it to church at a Unitarian Universalist congregation. I arrived as a panelist for an immigration and human rights discussion. My audience was majority White. I started with a poem and then my college journey narrative. It is a heavy feeling to be a person who potentially faces deportation or undocumented status and to stand in front of an audience that though sympathetic, cannot imagine what your world is like. They listened to me and the other panelists very actively. One of the panelists, Klara Bilgin, showed us this poster-size cover of Time magazine’s March issue with her own addition “Why America?” At the end I was surprised that most people had comments rather than questions. When we say immigration is a controversial issue or a “hot topic,” it’s true. I got to see it today by people commenting on their experience traveling abroad without borders or their observations of how much labor is expected of undocumented immigrants. Many of them were proposing solutions. I wish Congress were as productive as these people were in their 15 or so minutes to comment and ask questions. #rageatCongress #votesmart #speakup Little sister poem. Be woke.❤️ #ajamonet #poem
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1,000 miles: step 37

Growing up, I had an affinity for books, one that I’d never thought I’d outgrow.

I used to pore over mysteries, stories about witty Nancy Drew and a couple adaptions of Sherlock Holmes. Next came fantasy, so much magic I lost track of the pages I read–very interesting thing about fantasy, it’s inches thick: notorious example, Harry Potter!:)

Then I settled into historical,  lyrical, and/or realistic fiction. That’s today. When I was in high school, I assumed that all the books my English teachers would suggest for “when you get to college” would prepare me for the books I would read when I got there. Now it’s been 2 years and one 1 semester to come of a pitiful list of books to read. And when I say pitiful, I mean, mostly textbooks than I often can and am encouraged to skim over.

This coming semester, all I’ve got to look forward to is the works of Shakespeare for my English elective. I know  a college diploma doesn’t come easy, but I am eager for the days when the classes I take all relate to my area of speciality.

Courses in education and teaching, literature and composition, creative expression… Mostly, the wonder of poetry, drawing, and perhaps a little ballet. Yet, I’ve learned that my education is in general self-taught. All I ask for is some guidance.

And so, as my time at NOVA runs out, I hope whatever transfer school I land provides fulfillment. Intellectual satisfaction, I’m waiting. Immigration reform, you are overdue.

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