I’m from Rich White America, the human race’s one percent.
I’m from daily dinners with Dad and Mom,
cul-de-sac calm and patio parties
and nothing but failure to fear.
I’m from baby books, photo books
children’s books, classic books –
books that they would read to me so I would ace the SAT.
I’m from big grass yards and imaginary friends;
all the wars I fought were sticks and pirate ships.
I’m from homework help and holidays,
spring break trips and soccer games.
I’m from homemade meals and fresh fruit in the fridge.
I’m from innocence and warmth,
crystallized on Christmas with five presents just for me.
I’m from self-inflicted issues with a satisfied stomach
and a sheltered safe haven from violence;
even sickness was sorry to disturb the peace.
I’m from landlocked tears and
and keeping one’s emotions in one’s room.
I’m from everything you didn’t have.
Does it help if shame and loneliness are familiar faces in this fairy tale?
If anxiety and depression are the starlets on this silver screen?
Rich White America is the strangest of normals,
and I’m not saying that it’s fair.
So please tell me instead, where you’re from?