c’est la meme chose

the fact is (and i am aware)
spanish names for vegetables
tiptoeing off my tongue
in the aisles of walmart

phrases from fiction deciphered
and copied onto pages in my notebooks

dirty words lacing sex scenes in
stories i show nobody

or singing songs in languages i don’t speak
none of it make me seem exotic–
but it makes me feel that way

and it’s a hell of a lot more culture
than you’ll be taught anytime soon
by dora or diego or kai-lan

i put my teeth and tongue and lips
at the thresholds of other universes
just by uttering foreign syllables
i’m magic

fuck you


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