Saturday, May 9, 2015

Blueline and Red Thread: Scream from the Shadows, III

for Dionne Brand, author of No Language Is Neutral 

high noon sunlight
beats down on this rooming house...
the migrant
with a gap-toothed smile
says, I'm learning Inglish

the tongues
of a maple tree
are bare ...
my loss of home
speaks in Chinglish

Note:  "Scream from the Shadows" is the first themed section of  Blueline and Red Thread, the first collection of sociopolitical tanka. And you can read the preceding tanka here.

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