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Dedication: I dedicate this poem to those who without knowing a language have had to speak it.
Poem: “Don’t Speak English, I”
Father told me, “Tell them…”
“I don’t speak English,”
because I understood the world in Spanish.
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But like an immigrant who would NOT be defeated,
my courageous little mouth, lips and tongue repeated:
“Jes! Don’t spic English, I.”
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