That’s what they called me,
On the playground, in class, on the bus.
Two words yelled in a cruel tone,
by faces that didn’t look like
Almond Shaped Eyes.
That’s what my adoptive mother said
as we stood in front of the Clinique makeup counter.
“Let’s enhance the curve of them,” said the sales associate
with eyes NOT shaped like
That’s what I told myself when I looked in the mirror.
Easily pointing out their imperfections,
my right eye more folded than my left.
Who would want eyes like
That’s what I see now when I behold
the eyes of my son.
Eyes shaped and colored
Rebecca Cheek (she/her) is a Korean American adoptee living in South Carolina. She’s a peace seeker, striving to live life yogically. She is currently taking a pause in her professional career to raise her children and trying to figure out what she wants to do when she (really) grows up.