Tonga: Loa Niumeitolu

WHEN WE TELL
By LOA NIUMEITOLU

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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