Dear Diaspora Child

it's okay if you only learned about your culture from Google


it's okay if you only read your language at the public library


it's okay if you need books to know your ancestral recipes


it's okay if you've never even set foot on the soil of your people


it's okay if your hips don't sway to those rhythms


it's okay if the food is too bitter for your tongue


it's okay if English is the only language that flows freely from your mouth


it's okay if your wardrobe is just jeans and Ts


it's okay if you only know Shakespeare


it's okay if spice brings you fear instead of joy


it's okay if you understand but can't reply


it's okay if you dread the disappointed stares of aunties


it's okay if small words like Salaam alaykum fall from your tongue like broken bones


it's okay if you spent your whole life shunning it all, only to now want it back











you are no less worthy

it is no less home


Love always,


Bibliographical info

Cicely Belle Blain, "Dear Diaspora Child" from BURNING SUGAR. Copyright © 2020 by Cicely Belle Blain. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.


Source: BURNING SUGAR (Cicely Belle Blain / VS. Books an imprint of ARSENAL PULP PRESS, 2020)



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