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March 20, 2014 / austreberto




i took lessons in high school

never grasped beyond the basics

like the greetings and farewells

general conversation starters

but never the finishers

and where certain locations were

like the bathroom

i would have my first conversation

with my grandmother

whose words never were further than

i love you

in her broken english

i doubt she had taken any classes

while growing up

in mexico

attempting to break our language barrier

i said hello

asked how she was doing

she told me that she loved me

as i proceeded to ask if she knew where the library was


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  1. awordofsubstance / Mar 20 2014 9:45 am

    broken conversations of different languages can still be understood.

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