Little Pacific Babies

Today is my son’s first day of public school (kinder).  Needless to say, sending him involved lots of emotions.  I ended up jotting down a quick poem thinking of him (and all the little Chamoru babies that started their first year of school today) during my break.  Wishing all your children a wonderful first day of school. ❤

 

Little Pacific babies.
Sons and daughters of blue,
Carrying the weight of stolen languages.. and crayons
In backpacks sent from
Ninas living in the states
Cousins who can get on base

Little Pacific babies.
Sons and daughters of blue,
Waiting for federally approved lunch intended to
Correct your mama’s breakfast fried rice.
Prevent your nanan biha’s cancer.

Little Pacific babies.
Sons and daughters of blue,
Learning about four seasons, but only seeing two.
Chickens clucking outside of classrooms lined with
mold
sakati
and “No Chewing Beetlenut” signs.

Little Pacific babies,
Sons and daughters of blue
Waiting for busses by Korean stores
Sitting on YOUR side of the cafeteria
Filipino Side
Chuukese Side
Chamoru Side

Going to school on the outside. Reading about the inside.

Little Pacific babies,
Sons and daughters of blue
Don’t let them educate the native out of you.

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