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My language is Not My Own

My language is not my own.
It is a language
of assimilation,
As my native tongue
Gets cut at birth.

My language is not my own.
A barrier formed
From my ancestors;
As their stories get lost
In undecipherable words.

My language is not my own,
But I have made it my own.
As an Asian,
As an American
My language has worth.

--Emily S., Adult