poem collection by Erick Alvarado
The poems “Arriving” and “First Day of School” were written to reflect the perspective of a Central American child during a time of change due to immigration to the United States of America. My inspiration to write derives from personal moments in my life that seem to have a recurring theme connecting me back to the memories I have of these life-defining moments. These poems are meant to showcase my confessional artistic style and my experience as a Salvadoran-born, US citizen, and the ways in which my life was influenced because of this cultural change.
It was nighttime when I arrived in the USA.
I could see all the lights from above,
the cars, the buildings, the homes,
but nothing shined brighter than the lights in my eyes
The eyes of an 8-year-old boy
seeing things he'd never seen before.
My heart was pumping,
My mind wondering,
What will my life look like now?
That excitement I would never forget,
The days that lied ahead, I would never regret,
My life completely changed that day.
I hope I can make my mother proud the day I graduate.
First day of school
My first day of school at Virginia Road Elementary was filled with confusion.
I recognized all the letters in the alphabet, but they were all in the wrong place.
Was my mind tricking me? Was this all an illusion?
I didn’t see any familiar faces. I felt like an outcast because of my language
Learning English was not something that had interested me.
I just wanted to go home, where I knew who I was.
Home was El Salvador, one of the smallest countries.
Who would have thought that one day I would learn this language?
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