i said no to being an ethnic artist

i am an unknown poet
because i never accepted
to be an ethnic artist.
i disagreed with every curator and gallerist
who wanted me to be an ethnic artist.

maybe before i die
curators and gallerists
can look beyond my DNA
and accept me as a human artist
and give me a voice.

the older i am
the more i feel the pressure
of this racist rejection
because my voice is silenced
while all i wanted was to be heard.

but do not worry
because i am very strong
and i will continue to be myself.

i think it is better
to wait until you can to speak the truth
than to rush and be a liar.