POEM X: “CHEW ON THAT”

The Hmong language has two dialects:
Green and White.

Now that I know this,
my deck of accents,
which I was once so proud to fan out across the table–
Northern and Southern,
Urban and Rural–
looks pale and impoverished
by comparison.

And I wonder if I have ever spoken a color at all,
or if my words come out as black and white
as cartoon typeface
in a cartoon bubble.

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