Poem: Mixed Race Urban

Urban speak,
Don't tell me how to speak,
Nice,
Proper,
Damn,

See,
The culture wants to put me in a narrow box,
Speak proper and right grrl,
Speak proper and right grrl,

My multi-faceted self,
Includes urban speak,
Yes,
Not proper,
Or what is deemed to be proper,

Yooper talk,
Don’t cha know,
Eh?
NDN,
Rez talkin’,
Cultured from the urban foundations,
University talk,
Sociologically inclined to speak of injustices,
Micro small Odawa rez town,
Naaminitigong,

Urban speak,
Highland Park roots of my Father,
Motown tunes ringin’ all around,

Speaking in a way,
How I see,
How I define,
How I be me,
Truly me,

All the pieces,
Beautifully blended together,
Urban speak.