After so many years of living outside of the country I’ve been raised,
i realize that I’ve become mute.
That is to say, that I’m quiet.
English spoken aloud seems too disruptive.
I’ve no native tongue,
which is why I’ve fallen to silence.

After a few people remarked how I’ve changed, and even a few strangers noted that I’m more
“Asian” than American.

After a few years in my family’s native country,
Korean was familiar but not,
and English rudely disrupted the flow,

I find myself in submission to silence, back here in my native nation of the United States.


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