How to Hone a Language

By Oluwafisayo Akinfolami

You do not know how to mold

your mother’s dialect to your tongue.

You are eaten into a language;

it tastes like vowels of a stranger.

Perhaps, you would swallow your mother’s tongue

Like you gave yourself to the sea

Like you sheltered yourself in the flood

and called it survival.

You see people taste their lips- you

 say it is a way to hone a language,

like when you morphe yourself into another man

because language is fluid just like everything is.

Copyright© 2020 by Oluwafisayo Akinfolami

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