I Come From Rap Stars and Crenshaw

By Mereya Sanchez

I come from rap stars and Crenshaw

From second moms and dads

From Indian heritage and dance

From best friends who become family

From red eyes that almost always came from getting high

From a mind that keeps me up writing at night

From always knowing first and best,
Yet not all the time.

From never caring about what others think
And having fun walking down dangerous streets

I come from a place where money comes first.
I come from a single mother,
From three sisters and bad decisions
From believing there is no good
Nor bad because nothing is as simple as that

From open minds that accept bad crimes

Where second cousins are all I had
But so much love regardless.


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