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Speaking In Tongues
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Couldn’t speak the language. Tongue tied.
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What I thought would come back with age,
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lay estranged, caged among garbled sound.
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Made no sense, trying to decipher.
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seemed a life sentence.
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We shared the same words.
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Mine remained unheard.
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I stayed alien, a fearful phantom,
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Part of some ghostly clan. Excluded, banned.
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My language? No one could understand.
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Mother said that stammer
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was “my gift” from the N.H.S.,
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when they ripped out my tonsils.
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Left alone while I bled
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On a pristine hospital bed.
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Sorry I spoke.
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Something caught in my throat.
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I was just a small boy
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diction gone wrong,
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trauma roamed the tip of my tongue,
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hiding what i couldn’t say,
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seeking ways through precarious days.
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7 Jul 18

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