Lenguaje Resonante | Echoing Language
Yo hablo, yo hablo así, you hablo así, en mi corozón…
When I began to speak, I parroted
Mariposas instead of butterflies
and they appeared to be tropical,
but I realised I was landlocked and
it was winter with dusty snowflakes
taking over from an unknown place,
but in me it was hot, patacone crumbs
clung to my salted lips and a sunspot
in a photo held me closer to her,
but language and places have changed,
days so far away from palm trees, and
Caribbean waves recede with miles
and miles of exile, my empty mouth
open and trembling a ghost of words
veiling a forgotten culture,
everywhere colours I can no longer describe.
It’s all bled together now
into a spring day— migrating
I’ve returned, listening at night,
feeling my turning tongue inside me.
I awaken that vernacular through
song and sound again and again before
I sleep, and from abroad I stitch memories
and echo words under my skin.
Slowly, misplaced phrases return
softly revealing their delicate wings.
TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background. Her debut chapbook entitled Found: Between the Trees was published by Grey Border Books, 2019. Erzinger’s most recent poetry collection At the Foot of the Mountain (Floricanto Press, 2021) was recently selected by Etchings Press, University of Indianapolis as the Whirling Prize winner for 2021 for best nature poetry book.