Blasian—Latonya Pennington

Photo of MeI am blasian.

Black and asian.

It’s not slang.

It’s not a thang.

It’s special moments.

It’s eating

Mom’s fried spring rolls
with fish sauce.
Munching
and crunching
before freshness is lost.

It’s watching

Mom pray to Buddha
with sweet incense and food
and singing in Vietnamese
when she’s in the mood.

It’s being

in Dad’s truck
listening to Tom Joyner.
Watching Jeporady with Dad
as he sits in his corner.

It’s inheriting

Dad’s taste
for jazz, funk, and blues
and his habit of
keeping in touch with the news.

Don’t tell me “Pick a side”.

There is no pro or con.
Ethnicity isn’t an argument,
it’s the roots I live on.

I am a tree

cross-pollinated
from rice fields,
pines trees,
and love
as deep as the sea.

I am blasian.

Black and asian.

It’s not slang.

It’s not a thang.

It is my ethnicity,

my identity,

and

my story.

Latonya Pennington is a freelance writer and rising poet from Troy, Alabama. Her poems have been featured in Superselected magazine and Black Girl Nerds. You can read more poems from her by following her on Twitter.

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Published on: June 5, 2016

Filed Under: Articles, Essays & Poems, Poetry

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