It was foreign tongues and foreign food.
It was friendship and bonding
Even when English wasn't common.
When words could easily be disregarded by actions.
When my friends couldn't even pronounce my name.
I learned for them
Alphabets I couldn't read
Words I couldn't speak
Properly or without my thick tongue.
Watching the suns behind their faces when I learned their words
Made all the difference in me.
Shaped all that is me.
And what I want to be.
In the future I will
I will master the languages of those
Whose English is faulty
I will preservethe languages
of those who never had the opportunity to learn their heritage.
I will teach others
I will be