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Published On: Wed, Feb 17th, 2010

The Poetry of Hannah Roth: This American Nightmare

This poem is part of a special presentation of The Poetry of Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. If you are interested in seeing the entire collection of poetry submitted by this organization, click here.


This American Nightmare

By: Hannah Roth  

All aboard this ride of thrills, nightmares,
and horror.

Are you scared?

I said, are you scared?

Because we are creeping our way into
the system,

Because we are infecting you with our
strength.

Are you scared yet?

Because we are jacking your jobs and
stealing your spots at schools?

Damn fools.

Are you scared yet?

Because we want a center to educate
and celebrate,

but you deny and say we want to segregate.

Because we want to stand for our rights,
protest with all our might,

But instead you claim we spread hate
in our fight.

Are you scared yet?

Because we want a better life,

Our words laced with the dreams of
our mothers, the hope of our fathers, and the strife of our history.

But you won’t digest them, cough
up our american dream that we never owned nor rented…

Are you scared yet?

Because our tongue dances a foreign
art. 

Porque crees que somos tontos, nuestro
idioma, una carga— a burden. ¿Entiendes?

But—THIS IS AMERICA,
SPEAK ENGLISH.

Are you scared yet?

Because along the lines we will cease
from being the minority

And populate this land of the free,

This land that’s also supposed to
be for me. 
Because our numbers can rise like a tidal wave with great force, we
can win the vote.

Are you scared yet?

Because now we’ve even made our way
to the white house.

We believe in Change.

Are you scared yet?

Because you want to know whether she
will let her racial bias affect her decisions as Justice…

THIS ONE IS FOR EVERY MINORITY THAT
HAS HAD TO STAND IN FRONT OF A WHITE JURY, A WHITE JUDGE, AND A WHITE
BLINDING CLOUD OF IGNORANCE.

How dare you question what we deal
with every single day of our lives.

And oh yeah, she IS a wise Latina. 
AND WHAT?

Are you scared yet?

BECAUSE I HAVE A SILENT FURY BOILING
INSIDE OF ME. 
BECAUSE I AM TIRED OF HAVING TO KEEP SILENT.

BECAUSE I HAVE A VOICE—and I’m
not afraid to use it. 
 

Are you scared yet?

America, are you scared yet?

The Poetry of Hannah Roth: This American Nightmare