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Tongue Twister

Tongue Twister

written by: Jackie Chou


Dirty, I said
when I meant thirty
a word I couldn’t say
the th sound
of the English language
eluded my tongue

I was Eliza Doolittle
begging for guidance
be it a song
a couple of lit candles
to blow out
a tongue twister
which a drama teacher
gave me to practice
the feather farther
than the father

I wanted anything
that would erase my accent
my upbringing
make me a lady
one syllable at a time
the word thirty
known in my bones

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