tongues

heartbreak is my mother tongue

& you are the land that calmly ran

through my veins

They told me it would always be with me

The motherland lives within

they say

 

sewn into veins

threaded into time

 

we must never forget

this barren place

what happened here

you taught me

so well

we had lessons every day

didn’t we

us, we

i and u

a language so powerful

i could feel it

when your lips were

closed

the silence was louder than the

cries that seeped from my throat

I can understand

But ask me to speak it

and my throat will come up

dry

 

-Alex McKay

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