Fresh Water Reverse
Someone who as recently been exposed
after not being exposed
and overdoes it to ridiculous proportions.
I took Chicago in my mouth
I did not chew.
I did not know I was supposed too.
When you leave your country for the first time*
Culture shock is the first thing
I am asked when I told people where I came from.
It is if there are cars
or if people travelled on horses.
polishes itself on its way out,
along with my thick Trini accent.
As a rebellion
i paint the entire city
in fluent dialect.
This is how you make english
alienese + klingon + elvis + patois + creole
use all of your slangs when you speak.
Never see come see
A person who does not know
that most of the islands of the Caribbean
are english speaking.
It is how you see yourself
While the world sees you
a shit hole
Deneka Thomas is a 25-year-old queer Caribbean Writer, Poet, Activist, Performer, and educator from Trinidad and Tobago. Her work has appeared in several journals such as The Shade Journal and Caribbean Medical Journal. Deneka's work is a mixture of advocating for women, LGBT rights, environmentalism and exploring culture and diaspora. She is forthcoming in The Same Journal.