Jakarta Girl

Loud mouth, egotistical, confident American,
City Boy, Mamma’s Boy, Once In A Lifetime Mark,
Hates Tuxedos, prefers khakis, loves sweat pants,
Swears like a Sailor, memorized Shakespeare,

[Her] mother and father imagined a respectful subtle Indonesian,
Shy and Quiet, maybe a Doctor, if she was lucky a Banker,
Prayed for Chinky babies, able to speak multiple languages,
Mathematical geniuses, brown skin, conservative, religious,

Instead…

[She] fell in love with a White Walker, pale skin, red, white, and blue,
Mother-in-law asked ‘do your people live in Igloos’ before googling Minnesota,
Requested a copy of my passport, social security number, and lineage,
Parents emphasized [she] could marry anyone; yet married a broke Minnesotan,

Loud mouth, egotistical, confident American,
City Boy, Mamma’s Boy, Once In A Lifetime Mark,
Hates Tuxedos, prefers khakis, loves sweat pants,
Swears like a Sailor, memorized Shakespeare,

Funniest moments when cultures clash,
Standing in line waiting for [the] cashier to motion us forward,
Somebody cuts in line without noticing [the] line,
Jakarta etiquette teaches women to talk softly [towards men],
Minnesotan City Boy takes off his headphones,

“Douche-bag, you cut in front of us, Eh” (Minnesota Nice Is A Lie)

[She] shops for deals, specials, and price cuts,
Checks [the] grocery receipt line by line,
Ordered [me] to stop buying clothes because our closet is full,
Doesn’t matter how close the poverty line is in relationship to our bank account,
American wives are Queens of the American Household,

Loud mouth, egotistical, confident American,
City Boy, Mamma’s Boy, Once In A Lifetime Mark,
Hates Tuxedos, prefers khakis, loves sweat pants,
Swears like a Sailor, memorized Shakespeare,

Taught to serve both in the kitchen and in the bedroom,
Afraid to disappoint, asks on a daily basis if everything is Ok,
Government refuses to sex educate so Indonesian girls watch pornographic movies,
Visited Mall of America; asked if she would like to play dress up in [a] Victoria Secret dressing room,
One hand on the steering wheel another between her legs,

Whether it was meant to be, or fate playing a prank,
Neither of us want anyone or anything else,
We both are satisfied with each other,
Including my foul sailor language,
[And] the space between her teeth,

Loud mouth, egotistical, confident American,
City Boy, Mamma’s Boy, Once In A Lifetime Mark,
Hates Tuxedos, prefers khakis, loves sweat pants,
Swears like a Sailor, memorized Shakespeare,

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