Not your Señorita

I am not your señorita
your order of brown carnitas
your Mexican Spitfire with fruit on my head.

Not your serrano, habanero or poblano con extra sass
pero fuck with me and I’ll ghost pepper your ass.

I’m not some aztec princess
but I’ll rip your heart out in an instant
if you ask me why I’m brown you pinche pendejo slice of white bread.

I’m not a “crazy latina”
like your friends warned you about
But I will strangle you with a cortina
if you call me crazy out loud.

Calladito te miras más bonito.
Menos pendejito.

No soy princesa pero I am….a queen.
Una reina…tranquila…hecho de agua bendita
of sweet incense smells, de copal with a hint…of tamal.

By Diana Gomez

Diana Gómez was born and raised in rural Central Tejas. She became the first in her family to attend college at the University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a degree in Mexican-American Studies. She's taught in Colombia and Brazil where she received a Fulbright Fellowship and taught Ethnic Studies courses at the Universidade Federal de Lavras and Universidade Estadual Paulista - Assis. Upon returning to the United States, Diana transitioned into the legal field as an Unaccompanied Children’s Legal Services Specialist, working at the U.S./Mexico border to give “Know Your Rights” trainings and conduct legal intakes of undocumented immigrant children being held in detention centers throughout the Rio Grande Valley. She's currently doing political outreach work in Central Tejas. For the past 10 years, Diana has volunteered at Resistencia Bookstore (Casa de Red Salmon Arts), the longest running Chicanx/Latinx/Native American-based cultural arts organization in Austin.
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