PSPoem

"Raised by Warriors," Juana Caceres, Ninth Grade, Marta Valle Secondary School

I was raised by three

Fighting, screaming

Scratching, eye-balling

Kind-of-warriors.

I was raised by a

Fighting, warring mother

Who cared enough to create a storm

When I was out for too long

Kind-of-warrior.

I was raised by a

Screaming, shrieking father

Who gave me everything I wanted

And who did everything

He wanted

Kind-of-warrior.

I was raised by a

Scratching, eye-balling sister

Born on my birthday – four years earlier –

Who always gave me advice:

“The world is a 360 degree circle.

What comes around goes around.

It’s called karma.

It always comes back to you,”

Kind-of-warrior.

I was raised by

Three warriors

Who made my life

A combat zone,

But made me

Who I am today.

I was raised by warriors.