Rabbit and Rose

beaded rabbit

How to explain

How to explain
to my kids

Orlando
Newtown
Stockton
Montreal
1Pine Ridge
Santa Ana *

They who are still learning

take turns
work it out
be kind
make a better choice

Do I teach them
white supremacy
imperialism
homophobia
misogyny
patriarchy
toxic masculinity

When all I want for them is love?

I want them to know

the dead each
had names
family and friends and pets
they loved and were loved
they dreamt and toiled
they lived and live on

more than
in spite of
beyond

those bullets
that hatred
those words

* See the 1899 Philippine-American war photo of "the insurgent dead, just as they fell in the trench near Santa Ana," https://research.archives.gov/id/524389. My son asked me about this image when he was about 8, and I told him it was emblematic of my family's history as a colonized people.

Melinda Luisa de Jesús


contents of issue 10

How to explain
Melinda Luisa de Jesús

The Great Flood
Tommy Parrie

Shotgun
Michelle Pichon

The River Flowing Down Deep Inside Me
Lorraine Cathey

Untitled
Ella Callow

Oka/Di'loo
Rain Prud'homme_Cranford Gomez


Melinda Luisa de Jesús Biography

Melinda Luisa de Jesús is Chair and Associate Professor of Diversity Studies at California College of the Arts. She writes and teaches about Asian American cultural production, Filipina/o American culture, girl culture, monsters, and race/ethnicity in the United States. She is a mezzo-soprano, a mom, an Aquarian, and admits an obsession with Hello Kitty.


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