Stars do not exist where I live
Yet, I have always wanted to
I would look out into the sky
And wish to wish upon a star.
Kids from where I’m from
Wish the same.
They wish that they can
Wish upon a star,
To escape where they are from,
To escape polluted surroundings.,
Formerly fresh air,
Currently clogged with greenhouse gases.
Streets filled with trash and wastes
They wish to live healthier lives.
They wish to afford and consume healthier foods,
They wish to decrease their risk for heart disease,
They wish to see these stars that are purposely hidden.
Hidden by big companies,
Companies that do not give
A damn about
People of color
People of low socioeconomic statuses
People whose childhood memories
Only exist in the areas
That they are eager to control.
A leading chemical element
In the air I breathe
in the water I drink.,
present in high levels
In the blood running through my veins,
Increasing the chances of
My children becoming autistic
Which is an extreme worry of mine
Since it is already common
On my father’s side
Children in places like Flint, Michigan
Can only wish to wish upon an unseen star
To have a country
That cares for them,
and for their health.
Because of the color of their skin,
And definitely not the “content of their character”
they are facing daily health disparities.
Due to the environment they are forced to live in
Due to a country that redlines
To cater to white privilege
And minority demise.
That fill the air in predominantly minority communities.
Calls for help
And using ethnic slurs to shut them up.
perpetuating their ‘voicelessness’
No one ever thinks of the environment as a medium
To further racism
But it is…
I know that for a fact
‘Cuz’ going from a place of no stars
To a place with many
Showed me only the privileged
Can make such wishes
Only they can wish for free choice,
Only they can wish to live in a clean environment.
Only recently have I become one of the privileged at Duke
I can now wish on a star,
I can now make a choice.
Who could have imagined that the unveiling of stars
Would determine the futures of those living under them