The IMportance of Jane





Deidra Hoyt, Edmund Burke '18



A poem inspired by the telenovela Jane the Virgin. (Published: 2017)





Illustration by Noor Amin, Sidwell '19



The Importance of Jane



I do not know you,

I only know that you are like me.

Dark eyes and darker hair,

except I’m down here and you’re up there.


Up there,

on television.


I watch a lot of TV,

admittedly.

But never before had I seen

a character so much like me.

A latina mom who lives rashly,

but loves her family fiercely?

Yes.

An adopted Mexican-American girl

ashamed of her heritage?

It’s the same narrative.


Jane Gloriana Villanueva

is the first time I’m seeing

a 3D, latina character.

even if it is on a telenovela.


Many see a funny TV show,

I see my culture.

Others see a love triangle,

I see something bolder.


I see Jane going after her dreams

with the same latin fire

that was used against us.

Your dreams as a writer.

Jane, you truly inspire.


Foolishly, I thought

I can’t be latina and a writer,

I write in English!

But you’ve made my shoulders lighter.

I can be all this, and a fighter.


So thank you Jane for showing me a way.

to live life fearlessly,

to see through each day.

You face life without fear,

instead with love.

The way is now clear

for girls like us.