I am from Venezuela.
A place like paradise full of happiness
The smell of Pan de jamon and coffee from the bakery downstairs
Children playing soccer and baseball everywhere
I’m from playing Hot wheels with my neighbor Francisco
The radio in the parking lot always playing the news of the baseball game.
I’m from Arepas and Tequenos
I’m from a country that never sleeps
people playing salsa and bachata music at night
I’m from Venezuela, a hell of a place full of criminal violence.
A place where you can’t use your smartphone because you could be robbed at any time
A place where you always have to keep an eye on your surroundings because people may stalk you and rob you.
A place where you heard from your parents that a relative was kidnapped.
I’m from Guangzhou China
A place that doesn’t snow but it still gets very cold during the winter.
I’m from getting up at 6:30 am to get ready for school and won’t get home from school until 5:00 pm
I’m from endless after-school and weekend concert band practice
I’m from strict house rules from grandma
I’m from Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn
Where Ukrainians, Russians and Chinese people live
Seafood markets and sushi restaurants
I’m from the Deli store across the street from my house
I’m from the Q train