Where I’m From (Anniyah)

I’m from swimming in Jamaican Seas
& walking around
with gardens in my shoes.

I’m from a long line of loud mouths,
from that 17th and Ellsworth.

I’m from hot pink tips,
from philla-pinoes,
big celebrations
& overcoming tribulations.

I’m from slaves walking across the country…

I’m from straightening combs & braiding grease,
from the home of the cheesesteak,
Philly,
I’m from Philly.

Anniyah Dawan is a sixth grader at Universal Charter School in South Philadelphia. She loves to dance and write, and can often be found expressing herself in magical ways at Mighty Writers South, her second home.