Jessie Brar

JESSIE BRAR SHARES A LITTLE BIT OF HER WITH US--THROUGH POETRY.

Jessie Brar
JESSIE BRAR SHARES A LITTLE BIT OF HER WITH US--THROUGH POETRY.

THROUGH THE AGES 

I used to hide in my closet.
Hiding from the yelling and screaming. 
Voices like thunder and lightening in my head.

By 2, I am no longer alone.
A younger brother I must protect.
Now I hide him in the closet, and sit outside watching guard. 

By 4, your drinking gets worse.
We leave a party and you push her aside and get behind the wheel.
We all nearly die.

By 6, your anger gets worse.
You come home from a fight after a party.
There's blood all over the floor, her and I clean it up.

By 8, you a lay a hand on her.
She falls on the ground.
I cry as I reach to call 911, but she tells me no.

By 10, there's 3 children and she can't take it anymore.
You hold a knife to her neck as she tries to leave.
I grab the blade, scars still in my hand.

By 12, she decides to have a normal life.
She goes to grab boxes to pack.
You change the locks on the door and we sit outside in -30°c for 11 hours.

The next day we pack our things and go.
You throw the pictures on the wall to the ground.
We step on glass as we walk out.

I am 22.
I see you at a funeral.
You act as you did nothing wrong.

BEING HUMAN

When you judge a book by its cover
You forget to find
The beautiful pages
That are inside.

When you judge me by my face
When you judge me by my skin
You forget to see
What I have within.

We're not so different
You and I.
We are both human beings
Between land and sky.

I AM CANADIAN

Where are you from?
No.

Where are you really from?
You know what I mean.
I know you're Canadian
But where are you really from.
Fine.
Where are your parents from.
Huh.
Punjab?
What the heck is that?
OH! 
I knew you were Indian.
Yeah you just look so exotic.
I love curry.
Oh and samosas are great too.
See, I knew you were Indian.
No one with your skin colour is actually

Canadian.

 

I DONT DISCRIMINATE

I don’t discriminate.

No matter what sex, gender or race.

I’ll come without warning

And won’t leave the next morning.

I’ll turn your world upside down

Won’t even make a sound

Some even fear to say my name.

 

I am depression.

And I don’t discriminate.