I am from women

Their voices, their struggles

Their resilience

I am also from men

Those who are there

Then depart

Still leaving part of themselves for me to keep

Cursing

Yelling

These were constantly heard

I am from people whose intentions

Are not always clear

I am from words

Said in both English and Spanish

Novelas on the television

With my grandmother’s translation

Throughout

Then understanding

And finding another language

In which to express myself

To understand words

Conversations not meant for my ears

I am from faith

Believing in a being

That will be there when times get rough

Trying to remember that God will not

Make me endure what I can’t survive

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