Do you speak your language? 

I stare — I just said: how are you? 

I thought English was my language

apparently it isn’t

I thought Halkomelem was gibberish

the devil’s language

that’s what the nuns said

apparently not


Some white guy sets me straight:

Aboriginal people are losing languages

Funny, thought I had it just a moment ago

maybe it’s in Gramma’s old shoebox

maybe it's sandwiched between papers

in plastic bags hidden under mom’s bed

Hey, has anyone seen my language?

Bibliographical info

"Language" from Talking to the Disapora. Copyright © Lee Maracle. Published 2015 by ARP Books, Winnipeg.

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