“Just one really good book”
My dad said.
With a catchy title of course
And don’t upset the Jews
‘Cause then it would never get published!
Don’t fall in love with an American man
Even if he’s 1/3 Irish
2/3 Puerto Rican
And had Tabbouleh when he was 10
We don’t want you staying
Way over there
Where some can’t find Lebanon on a map
Find a good church too
Methodist, Baptist, Catholic
Episcopalian, Mormon, Unitarian
(Not the Moonies one!)
Presbyterian, Church of God
Speaking the Word of God
AND they like gays!
Oh my word,
Maybe I’ll just sleep in Sunday morning
“Do you cook ethnic food?”
“Like food with an accent? Do I
Look like a bowl of Hummus to you?
I’m sorry, but
My food learned French and English at 4
Wrote its first poem at 9
Won a dance competition at 13
My food wrote “Best Poem of 2008″ at 19
Gave the Valedictorian address at 22
Taught 7th graders that same year, and
Was awarded the Fulbright scholarship at 23.
No, I do not cook ethnic food,
My food would school your uneducated ass!”
Dima Mikhayel Matta