The Invisible Tape Deck
We blared the tunes and belted
We brought unity.
And we are
Disguised as Barriers.
Our family. They all came here and broke the glass ceiling
But who am I to convince you
We don't shatter and bleed
I ran down to the basement rec room one day
The storage closet had long buried
Our voices; old masks and old school records
I found us pieces of our identities. A purple sari. Feet bells for kathak dance. , A typewriter. And musically speaking
My old piano and
"The Village People." Record
And I said
You all had YMCA
But We had Zoheb Hassan.
The "Star" Bollywood cassette blared endlessly
on our Tape deck which was
My mothers graduation gift.
But Cassette Super Hits at the time also included
“Lets all chant!"
"Pump up the Jam"
"Come on baby. Do the Locomotion"
"I gotta have faith"
Our invisible tape deck has been located,
in the form of my older vivid musical memories rather than silencing words,
So once in awhile, let’s just pump up the volume and dance
Dance Electric circus style, for the music comes in many colours and survived, just like us
We’re all stardust
Elisha Alladina is a social worker, published poet and expressive artist that lives in Toronto, ON, Canada. She has had poetry published on spillwords.com , Hushed Heartache magazine, and the Poemdemic compilation book. She has presented her poetry at open mic nights through Shab E Sher Poetry Night, Art Bar Poetry Series, and Howl open mic on CIUT 89.5 fm, and likes to write about social issues and themes of empowerment.