Anna Yin

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“My Accent” by Anna Yin
from the 2017 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

It is charming.

I assure you,

I assure myself;
and choose to believe so.

Languages have colors.
I want to show you my tender blue.

But you cut off with fork and knife,

quicker than my chopstick taps.

My accent grows trees,
trails and winding roads to

westcoast landscape.
It points to the open sky;
yet clouds are too heavy
and form raindrops.

My papers collect them
then dry in silence.
I have hesitated many times
before speaking;
now it develops teeth.

Even with gaps between,

I decide
.       …this is my voice.

from Seven Nights with the Chinese Zodiac (Black Moss Press 2015), first printed in Arc 73