Hit me and I stumble
but I will not take that tumble
too stubborn to explain
the echo of my name.

Multiple cultures
one me.
Embracing all that brought me here.

I may let loose a worrisome tear
but there is no stopping this smile.
Respectful silence
is not the same as defeat.

I walk this path
Though, I have left my blood
on the path.
Though, I have felt the bite
of cold.
Though, I have felt the burn
of sun.

Close your eyes.
say thank you.
These lessons become me.