Poetry Corner: La Familia


I am from loud voices in the morning.
From bleach and laundry detergent
I am from waking up to spanish music on a Saturday morning.
From a church,
From kids social distancing.

I am from my mom’s homemade alcapurrias
Within that is the memoir of my abuela.
I am from arroz con pollo and spaghetti and meatballs.
I’m from the smart aleks and the come ups.
I’m from the hilarious,
From giggles and tears.
I’m from stay 6 feet away.
I’m from any day you open your eyes and take a breath is a great day.

I’m from Margarita and Carlos Galindez,
From tembleque and empanadas,
From the sunrises and sunsets of family members,
From hugging after a fight.

I am from having a wall full of memorial pictures.
From fun, sad and crazy adventures my family took or united together to become one.
Didn’t matter if it was for positive or negative,
We always had a great time at the end of the day.
I see families that I have not seen in years.
It is amazing!