Jamaican Holiday, 2006

by Allison Whittenberg

Sister, bring me one of those pink shells
Washed up on a faraway beach
Here’s 40 dollars, fix my hair into 1000 braids
Show me some of that black magic that’s been
Melanined out of my immediate family
Dance, my sister
Dance my spirit round your bones
Break the dumb sleep and contorted sterility of
My 21st century over-Americanized ethnicity, Sister.