My Tongue is Divided into Two

My Tongue is Divided into Two

 

My tongue is divided into two

by virtue, coincidence or heaven

words jumping out of my mouth

stepping on each other

enjoying being a voice for the message

expecting conclusions

 

My tongue is divided into two

into heavy accent bits of confusion

into miracles and accidents

saying things that hurt the heart

drowning in a language that lives, jumps, translates

 

My tongue is divided by nature

by our crazy desire to triumph and conquer

 

This tongue is cut up into equal pieces

one wants to curse and sing out loud

the other one simply wants to ask for water

 

My tongue is divided into two

one side likes to party

the other one takes refuge in praying

 

tongue

english of the funny sounds

tongue

funny sounds in english

tongue

sounds funny in english

tongue

in funny english sounds

 

My tongue sometimes acts like two

and it goes crazy

not knowing which side should be speaking

which side translating

 

My tongue is divided into two

a border patrol runs through the middle

frisking words

asking for proper identification

checking for pronunciation

 

My tongue is divided into two

My tongue is divided into two

 

I like my tongue

it says what feels right

I like my tongue

it says what feels right


By QuiQue Aviles 

Photography by Nicholas Nixon