When She Forgets

Today I visited my Aji; that’s what I grew up calling my father’s mother. I asked her if she knew my name and who I was. This had become a regular, albeit woeful, game my family played with her. She was diagnosed with dementia a few years back and ever since I’ve stood by; complacently…

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Validation

I don’t know why I seek validation from the one who only sees me as a number, from the one who reads my name simply as a word with no life attached to it. I don’t know why I seek validation from a society who shushes away cries of change, telling those cries that they’re…

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A Sea of Buttons

Time is everything. Time is nothing. Time is the invisible that is tangible, told through seconds making minutes making days. Making up lives. Lives revolve around the clock, moving closer and closer to an end. The end of a day with a beautiful sunset or maybe a night where everything turns to darkness. Mine ended…

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FWD: Lament the micro aggressions

Some of my colleagues and I received an e-mail from the Diversity and Inclusion committee at my workplace, also my alma mater, titled “FWD: Policy on micro aggressions”, asking for feedback. I read the few pages, and all the micro aggressions my family, my friends, and myself have been subject to (and we too may…

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An Ode to Disneyland

A society constructed on artifice. If we collectively elevate the superficial and champion those people valued solely in terms of vanity and social standing, what remains tangible or real? The clones are carefully constructed personas, self-assured of their uniqueness. We learn to individualize the blank slate of an online presence, refining and buffing our narcissism,…

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identity politics

lip-kits thick with identity politics curves and thighs commodified as if they haven’t been desirable since the sun’s first shine on the Hollister skin trending back in the day well money doesn’t define worth ads and photo ops don’t make it all better look closely at the composition question do they stand there fettered? chained?…

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