“Language Barriers”


Words roll off the tongue differently
as the emotions in their eyes shift—
a subtle scorn reveals
that you do not belong
~
the shift in their emotions
is camouflaged by mockery;
you do not belong—
far from home
~
they try to camouflage their mockery—
but you spend hours before a mirror,
far from home,
you talk until you’re hoarse.
~
Hours before a mirror, spent,
listen to every vowel and consonant;
talk until you’re hoarse.
Try to learn to speak like them,
~
listen to every vowel and consonant.
You no longer sound like yourself.
You learned to speak like them;
so, words roll off tongue differently, now.

~ By: Mackenzie Parker

© Mackenzie Parker 2011

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