“My Name” from The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
In English my name means hope. In Spanish it means too many letters. It means sadness, it means waiting. It is like the number nine. A muddy color. It is the Mexican records my father plays on Sunday mornings when he is shaving, songs like sobbing.
In French my name means short nose. In English it means stuck-up. It means A-type personality, it means anxiety. It is like the number 17. A safe color. It is the do-wop music my mother plays in the car when she is bored, songs like bubblegum.