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Pages Matam

Pages Matam is the author of The Heart of a Comet (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014). He is the director of poetry events at Busboys and Poets. Originally from Cameroon, he lives in Washington, D.C.

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Spoiled Child

English is your fourth language

the baby of the family

the one your mouth spoils

favorite by default

who may one day be sold off by its siblings

in hopes to never return

all of your other tongues have grown jealous

 
your country has over 200 dialects

that’s over 200 ways

to say Love

to say family

to say I am a song

to say I belong to something

that does not want to kill me

& does not want to siphon the gold from my

blood or the stories from my bones