Tatyana Khashoggi

Speak Up

welcome to English 103,
please leave your cultural baggage outside.

Chung Ho,
what do you think about chapter 5?

I --

could you speak louder please?
we want to know what you think
be more verbal perhaps

all I wanted to do was scream
scream at the top of my lungs
and even that wouldn’t be loud enough

not my holler nor my whisper
would sound the same
as the optimal crisp white voice
and their crisp white culture.

Tatyana Khashoggi is a first-year student in the College of Communication. Besides the poems she would write about her beloved Golden Retriever, this is the first time that she has applied real life issues to poetry with a creative flare.