Garden Grove

my house
arguments
hushed tones
words that bite
German Jew
he’s one of them

mothers voice
grandmothers voice
nastiness
implied
racist
xenophobes
repeat x1

childhood
arguments
whispered words
Blackfoot
Indian
she was
one of them

mother’s voice
grandmother’s voice
sister too
nastiness
implied
racist
xenophobes
repeat x1

my house
childhood
men on men
girls on girls
whispered
pointing
they all are
one of those

Las Vegas
casino
Laughlin
Nevada
sister
brother in law
elevator
going up?
staring
pointing
oh my god
she’s a call girl
my sister said
as she looked at me
later
at the pool
she said
look at them
two women
kissing
in a lounge chair
Palm Springs

racism
is an infection
hatred
never ends
all because
the colour
of your skin
never again
never again
will I see
my so-called family

my home
father’s voice
invasion
Garden Grove
Asian
community
fucking gooks
whispered hushed tones
Uncle Jack
grocery shopping
Dementia
cart attack
lovely
tiny
Chinese woman
fucking gook
his voice

mother’s voice
grandmother’s voice
sister too
father’s my uncle’s
nastiness
implied
racist
homophobic
xenophobes
repeat x1

Hawaiian
Gardens
Border of
Stanton
Police Officer
five year old
black boy
closet
toy gun
murdered
in cold blood
his voice
on repeat
I didn’t mean
to do it
he was black he said

mother’s voice
grandmother’s voice
sister too
father’s my uncle
cop’s voice
nastiness
implied
racist
homophobic
murdering
xenophobes
repeat x1

racism
is an infection
hatred
never ends
all because
the colour
of your skin
never again
never again
will I see
my so-called
family

Kathleen here
no photo
for any of this
always will have
snapshot intact
memories in my mind
instead
Thank You
Mom & Dad

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