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Diluted - Maricarmen Garcia-Ramos

Sometimes I wish to be undiluted

Experiences washed from my memory

Words rinsed from my lips

Uncultured from a state that isn't mine

Everything I learned against my will

But will I recognize the me that's lighter

Would I be the same

Without its tainted essence

Molding its presence in me

Unfolded warmth that doesn’t belong to me

No more revenge for the existence given to me

Sometimes being diluted is all I can be


Maricarmen Garcia-Ramos is a Boricua poetry writer. Her pieces reflect mostly on identity and being

nostalgic. She is of Taino descent.

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