#FiveMinuteFriday: Sing (a poem)

Faith Family Latinx Poetry Prayer social justice

//Song of happiness
of joy, that is me

named after abuela
y la tia too

Alabare alabare
alabare a mi señor

Sing corritos with abuela
at Sunday morning service

Head covering draped over my head
pantyhose suffocating my legs

Tambourine bouncing off brown hands
Fields of labor etched between fingers
Voices outstretched toward heaven

Song of happiness
of joy, that is mine

It is said some don’t grow into their name
it fits like a pair of medias
two sizes too small

I never imagined my name to be a song,
a name that would drag me out of
the pit of my recklessness

He names us – each one
And with mine a song
of joy, of happiness

Like when the pecan shellers
won the battle against unfair
wages

Like when Emma Tenayuca
recognized her own worth
and the worth of others

That is how I imagine
God sings

When the soul parts open
for another.//

I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday at Kate Motaung’s place. The word prompt is SING. Above is five minutes of free flow writing. The forward slashes (//) indicate where the timer started and ended. Your turn! Join us at Kate’s place.

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