Carnegie Mellon University

"Microagression" by Irina Bucur

Third Place for High School Poetry

              1.

Honey, can you translate for your mother?

               2.

I’m not sure she understands.

               3.

Granola. Gra-no-la bar.

               4. 

It would be a good thing to learn those words in English.

               5.

Do they not use birth control in your culture?

               6.

You’re from Russia, or wherever?

                7.

Same thing.

                8.

It must have been tough for your parents.

                9.

Are you Communist?

               10.

But you’re legal, right?

               11.

No offense.

               12.

You know, we’re in America. Things are done differently here.

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