I don’t want to tell you the story of my life
Instead the story of the female Hispanic stereotype
Just because I am Latina doesn’t mean I want to stay home and cook you rice & beans
Or have you walk down the street call me “Mami”
In hopes that one of these days I’ll be on top of you screaming “Ay Papi”
I don’t want to be the mother to your six kids
Barely stopping to breathe before I have to pop out another one of your seeds
Maybe I like to clean but don’t assume it’s the only job destined for me
Oh and if you’re a Latina you should have an ass like Ms.Lopez so it’s okay to stare
You’re either a Puerto Rican or a Mexican
But you can’t be both because “we hate each other”
Bochinche engulfs our lives but no I am not the Gossip Queen
Who cares what’s going on in so and so’s life
This novella ends before its Days of Our Lives
Either too emotional or too stern, they call us “Loca”
Our fast talk, too much for you
Can’t understand what I’m trying to say to you
“Oh My God they are so loud”
Did you ever stop to think it was do to so many years of being silenced?
Controlled, deprived, hopeless and all we had was our faith which was so silent
I am a Hispanic Woman, A Latina Woman.
Surrounded by so many strong woman
So many strong women
BlackWomen, Caucasian Women, Asian Women, Middle Eastern Women
We Are Strong.
Crossing the bounds society has placed on us, these lies, these constraints
We Break Free.
With Freedom and self-love it gives us the ability to strive and achieve
Becoming more than the stereotypes that leave too many women broken on freeze
Now men don’t think I forgot about you
The better I am the better I can love thee
So please do not stereotype me
For these are just words, some ideas that needed to…
Break free, Break free…Break Free!
Alex Vega Poetry © 2004-2016
Alex Vega, Poet & Photographer
Alex Vega is a photographer based in New York City. Born & raised, spending some of HS & College in Winter Park,FL attending Full Sail University for their Entrepreneurship & Entertainment Business program. Alex loves to travel, see live music and get inspired by others around her. In her spare time she writes poetry and aspires to publish a short compilation. She also enjoys hiking and exploring nature.
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