Sunday, April 28, 2013

You are Hmong

If I say "July 4th"
          and you think of St. Paul;

If I say "New Year"
          and you think of Fresno;

If I say "home"
          and you have to pause to think where it is;

If, for you, jingle bells
          has double connotations;

If, entering the house, you leave
         your shoes at the door;

If you, or your parents, don't know
         your real birthdays;


If you fear your funeral
         more than you fear death;

You are Hmong.

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