I told myself
They wouldn’t understand
How I spoke with a different accent
So therefore I must be silenced
Today I fight back against internalized self oppression
How your words affect my potential to practice self expression?
To say my accent makes me more exotic
Yet you are skeptic of my ability to publicly speak
This is so anti-climatic
How you want me to silence myself for your comfortability?
Because how dare I make you feel uncomfortable?
My tongue became so unstable
How could I speak if I wasn’t able?
This almost sounds like a fable, yet so relatable.