Poetry - Jessica Cruz, Darkhorse Press New Poets
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They Ask Me If I'm OK

They ask me if I'm ok and I think and think

very seriously

and consider telling them the truth,

and finally have my thoughts heard,

having the memories of tears finally

showing their reasons.

I considered telling them my real problem,

telling them the reason why I've come to school unspoken

and feeling shame,

telling them the worries I have for my cousins in Mexico

telling them all the problems I've caused for my family.

All the tears that ran down my mother's cheek.

I considered telling them the main cause of why I am who I am.

I considered telling them about living in the shadow of my brother.

I considered telling them who I really am –

my whole world running through my head –

I stop those thoughts

and simply say "I'm fine."