Defined and distinguished by one’s words,
Accents characterize roots and homeland.
Mother tongue and fatherland influences,
Immediately assign an identity of tradition.
Travels and interactions may mollify a tone,
Brogues can be distinctive and recognisable.
Pleasing to ears and welcome in their greeting,
Or invite hostility and a judgement of ethnicity.
At times one silences one’s language and voice,
In certain circumstances perceived nationality kills.
Freedom of speech still languishes in many worlds,
Lineage and linguistics prepare the communication.
Inheritance disseminates and shares its intonations,
Individuality should be heard in one’s vocal appeal.
©Copyright Eileen T O’Neill 01/03/2015
Poets United Mid-Week Motif: ‘Mother Tongue.’