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History Of How I was Born

September 15, 2019

 

 

I'm Egyptian and Jamaican. Mixed. To others, this means my parents have an interesting and complicated love story. For me, it means everything.  

 

I was born in a city
My mother and her sisters swaddled me
In the Egyptian cotton their
Black brothers had picked from the plantations of my white ancestors
My father floated me down the Nile River
Where the sun burnt my skin golden olive
Under my eyes grew the baggage of my people's struggles
The Nile brought me to the rivers of Jamaica
My hair curled with the waves of the waterfall
Where I fell
Back to the city I was born
See, my blood is older than this skin
Coursing through generations of
Struggle, family, war and love
Into this body
Mixed isn't as black and white as black and white
Many rivers flow through these veins
So ask me again my ethnicity
And with firm humility
I will recount to you the history
Of how I was born

 

 

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