Accents
Moving
Day to day
Speaking
Unconscious of your voice
But critical of everyone else’s
“You speak funny,” says the native to the immigrant
“You don’t pronounce things correctly”
“You should learn how to speak proper English”
Until you leave your town
And venture into an unfamiliar environment
You speak
And you listen
And you realize
Everyone in this town talks funny
No one in this town pronounces things correctly
Why don’t they speak normally?
You critique everyone except yourself
You fail to realize
You have an accent
You do not enunciate as they do
You’re the vocal minority
******
-Fortunate Ekwuruke

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