Tongan Poet Loa Niumeitolu's: "When We Tell"

For the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Bay Area Tongan poet, Loa Niumeitolu tells BBC what the English language means to her in her poem, "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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