my roots are heat and power outages, cultural
foods like mangu–mashed platanos & salami
& eggs from top to bottom.
music that makes you want to dance all night
its chachas and boom boom booms like eta loca
ta come tigere loca loca loca yeah
that’s what i groove to.
these are just my dominican roots
with my crazy dances & the delicious food
that make my taste buds dance with flavor.
home you are so beautiful with your groovy
dances & great spirited people but why
do they have to suffer for your pain?
Tiffany Mejia, Age 13, Grade 7, Junior High School 145 Arturo Toscanini, Silver Key