The Great American Melting Pot

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The cover of this year's edition of WORD Credits: Alana Yeager
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This is the seventh in a series of pieces from Millburn High School's award-winning literary magazine, WORD. The author, Angela Jin, is a rising senior at Millburn High School and recently completed a summer at the New Jersey Governor's School in the Sciences.

 

The Great American Melting Pot

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By Angela Jin

 

Her name is Jumoke.

It is Nigerian for “everybody loves the child”

At three someone laughed

At six she cried

Her mother said, “Darling,

Everybody loves the child”

And at ten they spat in her face

She learned that day

At thirteen she was spiteful

Her skin was not ebony

It was death

 

His name is Ángel.

He is a messenger of God

“Isn’t that, you know,

A girl’s name?”

He said no

They did not listen

And his father said,

“You, hijo,

Were sent by God”

And at ten he was

The spawn of the Devil

At thirteen he was spiteful

His name was a mistake

And he downed fire

 

Her name is Sui.

Not Sue

Sui

She could not say l’s

She could not say r’s

They laughed and said,

“Squinty eyes, dumpling”

At 14, perfect English

But they still laughed

At 18, Harvard

But they still laughed

And she was spiteful

 

Jumoke named her child Jennifer

She did not speak a word of Nigerian

Ángel named his child Robert

He did not speak a word of Spanish

Sui named her child Katherine

She did not speak a word of Chinese

Heritage did not matter, as long as

You were in

The Great American Melting Pot

The Millburn High School Literary Magazine, Word, is a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople and illustrators. The editors and staff take the process of creating the magazine very seriously. We hold regular open meetings from September to February to read submissions and to identify potential pieces for inclusion in the next volume. Then we choose selections that exemplify the diversity and strength of our student body and spend several months working on a unifying theme, on layout and production. Since we are constantly amazed by the abilities of our peers, we consider the magazine a tribute to the virtuosity, skill and creativity of our student body.

 

The Millburn High School Literary Magazine, Word, is a juried publication that showcases the extraordinary talents of this school's writers, artists, photographers, craftspeople and illustrators. The editors and staff take the process of creating the magazine very seriously. We hold regular open meetings from September to February to read submissions and to identify potential pieces for inclusion in the next volume. Then we choose selections that exemplify the diversity and strength of our student body and spend several months working on a unifying theme, on layout and production. Since we are constantly amazed by the abilities of our peers, we consider the magazine a tribute to the virtuosity, skill and creativity of our student body.

To download the 2014 edition, click here.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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