Paisano Poets


Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ana Cecilia Martinez, Copy Editing Coordinator

shared color of blood

They never forget to ask
about the nationality of our grandparents.
No importa si son negros, morenos o blancos.
Our blood and roots do not change our humanity.
Nuestra sangre pesa mas de lo que pensamos —
until they remember to ask
about the nationality of our grandparents,
as if that could justify or condemn our presence
based on the established standard for
American skin and first-world problems.