Memory, Veronica Torres
a (un)Holy war:
white or Arab,
American or Lebanese,
fought between broken noses almost blue eyes a spangled hijab church bells
a bald eagle perched
on the branches of my homeland’s cedar tree
who always forgets that our tongues
can’t perform the same dances
that her language strangles my lips and
renders my ears unconscious
a classroom full of straightwhiteboys
and kamikaze into my bleeding heart
as if every girl with paper bag skin
singlehandedly shook the twin towers
most of all,
a life like a perpetual doorway.
I’m half in and half out
but could never belong in either room.
About the Author
Meghan Dyer · Central Michigan University
Meghan Dyer is a senior studying English and History Education at Central Michigan University. Her post-graduation plans include moving to India to teach English on a Fulbright-Nehru English Teaching Assistantship Grant. “being half brown is” first appeared in CMU’s Central Review.
About the Artist
Veronica Torres · Florida International University
Veronica Torres graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in English with a concentration in Creative Writing in 2018. “Memory” first appeared in Oakland Arts Review.