Immigrant Stories

Leave your immigrant story expectations at the door

cuz these Indian women didn’t get invited

to the typical immigrant problem candy store.

We got left outside, indicted

with being women. Silenced. Abused.

Not afforded the luxury of a functioning family or hard work turning into wealth and status

but escaping the unspeakable misfortune of many in the motherland who are sometimes reproved.

My mother and I are on this middle stratus.

And these kinds of Gujju stories need authentic representation

in YA fiction

not just pretty depictions

based on Western diction.

This is my jurisdiction.