When You Tell My Children They "Don't Count."

Dsc02480by Michelle Seyner12 May 2020

When you tell my children
they don't count -
when you call them white
after they told you
they are Indo,

know you spit
in their faces.
Know you spit
in my face, too.
Know you trample
the line of ancestors
before me.

Know you dismiss
my people's history
of colonialism
oppression
racism
slavery -
suffering.

Know you disregard
my aunts
who remember
and lived through
the Bersiap

Know your words
ignore
burning kampongs
and hidden tears

know you continue
the deafening silence
we are trying
to BREAK.

23 April 2020.
Michelle Seyner