Every day at the border is hot.
I have already learned that much.
Yasmin came by to play in the sprinklers
And I said yes because I wanted to
show her my new clear, rubber shoes.
Oh. And also my little sister
who had just been born that morning
right there in the living room.
When the curandera came that’s when
Papa took me to the store.
This one was Carmen and the next was Ana,
even though it’s too hot to keep having babies,
And I was annoyed because I’m Xiomara.
One time a teacher said, “Hispanics
always have the weirdest names.”
Some kids laughed and some didn’t.
I told mama and papa what the teacher said,
and I asked them, “Are we Hispanic?”
Papa said, “Never mind the gringos, mija.”
Mama said, “We were here before they called us Hispanic,
And we’ll be here after.”