(This poem was created Fall 2008 from an assignment at a psychology class at Ithaca College.)
I am from N.Y.C, saw the first lights of world through a window of a Manhattan hospital,
with my parents holding me tight,
making me feel ready,
to discover this new strange world.
I am from moving to Portugal, being a child in Lisbon since I was six years old until seventeen years old,
living in a city of world explorers,
full of beautiful beaches,
and sunny weather.
I am from a Chinese family, a family that searched for better ways of living,
with humble origins in a small village,
with rivers and lakes,
of pure crystalline blue.
I am from a Portuguese school,
learned to speak Portuguese as a first language.
got to know history about sea explorers, trade and wars,
and became acquainted with this new culture.
I am from games of soccer and hide and seek,
mostly played outdoors,
with the sight of Nature,
which cultivated the love for green and respect for animals and plants.
I am from the age of videogames and cartoons,
playing hours of game-boy, mostly Pokemon and Mario Land,
watching hours of Power Rangers, Dragon Ball and Pokemon,
and dreaming day and night about these fantastic worlds.
I am from learning to respect others,
to think about how I would feel if I was on others people’s situations,
to think twice about certain actions,
to only fight back when there is no other peaceful way of solving problems.