Three, almost – a couple months shy
eager & watching, always watching
repeating & giving everything
a number. My nephew can count to twenty
in English & knows all his colors;
his alphabet holds twenty-six letters
but like him, it’s growing. He’ll learn how
the r sometimes rolls – already prefers how
the l sounds like y when doubled.
You should hear him say yellow
in English, realizing Spanish
is already dancing on his tongue.
You should hear him say amarillo
from his white boy mouth, & will.
He’s learning this, loving this
learning how to speak to the neighbors
we’re afraid to tell him are in cages.
Rachel Nix is an editor for cahoodaloodaling, Hobo Camp Review and Screen Door Review. Her own work has appeared in L'Éphémère Review, Occulum, and Rogue Agent. She resides in Northwest Alabama, where pine trees outnumber people rather nicely, and can be followed at @rachelnix_poet on Twitter.
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