I. raised


a toddler cared for
by a doting grandmother
as if it was her own


II. grounded


a familiar character,
a common language,
experiencing community


III. strayed


drifting from primary tongue,
immersed in american culture,
replacing heritage


IV. frayed


a misunderstanding,
a sarcastic joke   
taken seriously.


V. silenced


a disconnect,
a grudge rooted deep,
growing weeds of bitterness


VI. matured


what was planted emerges,
similarities arise
that always existed


VII. goodbye


an embrace in the moonlight,
a mutual comprehension,
an unspoken farewell

Author's Notes/Comments: 

RIP Mima

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