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Poem: "Pinay"

emphasis goes on

second syllable

that is the difference

between them and us

pinch bridge of noses

papaya soap scrub

long hair and light eyes

colonized beauty

teach me the old ways

translate history

show me the culture

you tried to erase

diversify entertainment

filipino media in connect with our culture

people look like me

acknowledging beyond your existence and existence of iflipino

s and as ourselves

being able to able to see in your home and comfortable in away

and they never comfortable and to say home

everything they have to go through brought me here.

and will keep our stories

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