Just Know This

A Villanelle with Imagery

Violet DeTorres
Jul 19, 2019 · 2 min read

Unless you look like this

Anglo Saxon, a European blend

You are not an “ American”, you will be dismissed


These are your loved ones, joined in wedded bliss

“ Go back to where you came from”, is the recommend

Unless you look like this


Asian Americans, internment camps, did not resist

Did as they were told, not wanting to offend

You are not an “American”, you will be dismissed


Will we separate young couples, will they have to call it quits

“ Where are you from originally”, words that will condescend

Unless you look like this


They are as much American as the Constitution admits

However, racist white nationalists will want to amend

You are not an “ American”, you will be dismissed


You must be white, you must know this

You cannot be dark skinned, slanted eyes, you just can’t “pretend”

Unless you look like this

You are not an “ American”, you will be dismissed

Violet DeTorres

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