Mother Tongue


Look, how your tongue curls, swirls and

salivates as you converse in your mother tongue.

The twinkle in your eye stolen by a foreign language

now rests back in your eyes


the way you throw your voice as you speak in Oriya

and the way you speak in a sing-song accent in Telugu

like a bird with crosses from one city to another

without any boundaries, you travel at the tip of your tongue

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