Indo-Guyanese Women Poets

Sharleen Singh

Identity (2018)

Brown skin, black hair, a curvy body
English first name, Indian last name
“West Indian” – is that my culture?
Or is it a term Christopher Columbus coined?
Speak no other language
Twice displaced
Country of origin?
Don’t even know anymore
Supposed to be India
but I don’t speak Hindi
Colonization, its impact on the world
Hybrid culture? No.
I wish we never left
It would be so much easier
They say you have to know where you’re from to know where you’re going.
I still don’t know where I am going.
Perhaps I just need to define myself.

About Sharleen Singh

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