Blacking Out

Alicia, who's mama died. 
Is young and smart and studies 
for the first time at the university. 

Two trains and a bus, 
because she doesn't want 
to spend her whole life in a factory, 
or behind a rolling pin. 

Is a good girl. 
My friend. 
Studies all night. 
Is afraid of nothing. 

This poem is derived from Sandra Cisneros' book, The House on Mango Street, from the chapter, Alicia Who Sees Mice. I think this is how I wish life would have been for Alicia. The in class assignment was to create a blackout poem from one page or chapter of Cisneros' book. Students are always amazed when I start ripping pages out of the book and passing them out along with black Sharpies. 


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