jyotsna.r.n

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lover of words and banana bread

slips of the tongue(s)

April 16, 2020


their lips would pucker up into sneers
as my tongue battled with my
mother tongue.
syllables burrowed into tastebuds, got
tangled up in my tongue, tied  it
in knots. i hated it ; it felt useless.
a wad of fat muscle, flapping pathetically
like the  scaly tail of a dead fish
words burned holes into my cheeks,
as if  i was swallowing mouthfuls of coal
embers. i carved letters into the ivory 
of my teeth. no good. stitched syntax
into my skin. no good. each one was a booby
trap. a grenade. 
and  blew up,
sent blood rushing to my face.
shame wiped my mind blank. i choked on
sentences, my windpipe clogged by pages
of my textbook. tissues of my throat broke
out in hives. every cell swelling and 
screaming
this language is foreign
this language is a poison an allergen an infection a disease
 i wanted to rinse my mouth 
with acid until
there was no more malayalam left in me.
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4 Comments
  • outoftheblue

    ahh your metaphors and decriptive imagery is on point!


    3 months ago
  • ElsaRee

    nice!


    7 months ago
  • jyotsna.r.n

    @Charisse Marison thank you! yes, it is kinda hard to learn but it's worth it


    7 months ago
  • Charisse Marison

    I came here from reading the 2nd part to this, and I love it so much! It sounds like a really intricate and beautiful language, yet also pretty hard to learn. Awesome work <3


    7 months ago