Who am I?- Cadence Speaks

This is Cadence.  The main character in my book titled Cadence, a work in progress.

She spoke to me one night and shared this poem with me.  Sounds crazy, but my characters speak to me and I cannot ignore them.

Who am I?
Don’t you know?

I am “The Other”

I am the one with green eyes, caramel skin, and a Spanish tongue.
I am the one with Black cousins, Asian cousins, Mayan cousins.

I am the one with a great, great grandmother who was a Salve.
I am the one with a great, great grandfather who was a Master.

I come from the Maya, the Africans, the Spanish, and the French.

I am a mestiza
A mixture of cultures, powers, and secrets.

Don’t you know?

I am the one

Who can walk to the beat of my heart.

I am the one who

Can look into your eyes
And see the sorrow you bear inside.

Don’t you know?

I am the one

Who reads the
Metamorphosis,
The House on Mango Street,
and
Black Boy
and
Gets it!

I am the one who
Remembers what you said when
You thought no one was listening.

But those who don’t know are blind to my strengths

They cannot comprehend
I am more than they can see

They cannot comprehend I am this wondrous thing

Who am I?

I am the spirits and the voices you cannot ignore.

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