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My Identity: A Poetic Reflection

This poem offers a reflection on how the way we look influences how we see ourselves. But it also shows how God influences that way of seeing.

My Identity: A Poetic Reflection

This poem offers a reflection on how the way we look influences how we see ourselves. But it also shows how God influences that way of seeing.


Extra wide womanmyidentity

Contributed by Lis Valle
 

I carry on my skin color the identity assigned to me.

I am a woman without a land, a traveler, one of the many that form migration waves.

I am mobilization.

I am Hispanic. I am Latina. I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a student. I am a lawyer. I am a teacher. I am a performer. I am a woman.

I am above all God’s child. Don’t call me any other name. I am God’s child.

That’s the only identity we need to treat each other right.

As God’s child I count on God to have my back. I have to trust God even when I don’t want.

I am God’s child. I am God’s daughter. Precious in God’s sight I am. Valuable as God has valued me I am.

I carry in myself the identity God assigned to me. I am God’s daughter.

 

 

Lis Valle is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is now a third year Ph.D. student in the Homiletics and Liturgics program of the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

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