Tongan Poet Loa Niumeitolu's: "When We Tell"
I know English was brought
by White people to our country.
But when WE speak it,
when we slur that language
like sinews of vine floss
extracting our teeth,
grind it with coral and ironwood in our mouths,
When WE tell of the gritty taste
we've got to have a Tongan way of doing it.
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