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Why we speak… | The Soul in the Sun

Why we speak… | The Soul in the Sun


The reason we speak up

It never occurred to you
That sending us to a school
Named after a confederate
Might make us uncomfortable

It never occurred to you
That wearing our skin as make up
To ridicule or mock our identity
Might make us uncomfortable

It never occurred to you
That singing an anthem
Written by a racist
Might be inappropriate

It never occurred to you
That not having representation
In even such things as romance novels
Might make us feel undesirable

Until we pointed it out
You never noticed
That we were missing
In our American culture

Unless we raised the issue
It never occurred to you
That we might feel
Left out

We speak out
We raise our voices
Because you need to see us
You need to include us

For we too are


Muriel Vieux
My name is Muriel Vieux, I’m of American-Haitian descant, I am 56 years old with an 11 year old son. I was born in Queens New York where I spent my early years, but after my parents divorced my life was split between my two countries Haiti and the USA. It was not an easy life on many many levels. I am a writer, I’ve been writing since I was 13 but never started showing my texts until I was in my late 30’s. In my 40’s I published a French poetry book about Haiti called l’Ame au Soleil (A soul in the Sun). Most of my writings are about social, racial, political issues either in the US or in Haiti my two countries. I can not help myself to write, that is how I communicate, even if no one was reading I would still write every day. I had my one and only son at 44, after having been told since my first cycle that I would never have children. My miracle child. I currently reside in the Dominican Republic as I had to flee from Haiti due to the latest round of civil unrest which almost cost my son his life, he has severe asthma and we were locked in with no fuel during a bad attack, it was then I decided I had to leave Haiti for good. The US unfortunately proved to expensive and though I still dream of returning to my birth place, I must wait for that dream to come true. My life story is one of ups and downs like everyone else’s and unique as everyone’s too. But I have survived and in the end that is all we all can do.

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