We are From
Malik H., 13
Family Writing Lab at the Elmwood Park Branch of the Detroit Public Library
We’re from my cat
from dish soap and wipes
We are from the Chinese writing
From the cold of the AC
We are from the sunflowers
The oak tree whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
We’re from Christmas parties and staying up late
from Melika and Earl
We are from joking a lot and watching funny videos.
We’re from knowing the difference between right and wrong
We are from barbecues at the park or at the house
We are from Detroit and we are African-American
From me and my cousins torturing our older cousin
From my dad with all the muscles
From PS4 and money in my pockets.
Artwork by Jen Harley, jenharley.com