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Where Does Your Culture End and Mine Begin?
by Sharmagne Leland-St.John and Kaila Chan
Where does your culture end and mine begin?
They call you Asian
They call me Indian
We are Mongoloid the same race
But we grew up, each of us, in a different place
I ask you, "Where does my culture end and yours begin?"
You live in paper houses with walls so thin
I live inside a tipi with walls made of skin
We are of the same race
But each of us, grew up, in a different kind of space.
Your way, my way, unique from the start
Yet we were born one spirit, deep within two hearts
Our cultures entwined
Yours and mine
Here in the jasmine scented night I wish upon a star
And feel my sister's smile, shining from afar
The arms of family reaching to the wind
I ask you, "Where does my culture end and yours begin?