Dissecting the Story from It’s Missing Words

announce articulate enunciate CONSONANTS
foreign word sounds
letter combinations
double-double
kiki like-like lulu
VOWELS
to pay attention to
kAAva halEAkula pIIkOI

i listen to locals
but do not speak
it comes out forced, unnaturally
i look the fool
i listen to locals
to try to dissect the pattern
from
the speech
and then the story
from
the missing words
basic
instinctual
vocalized
response
instilled from birth sounds
engrained imprinted
marked in dna
it has to be
so many continue tradional chanting incantations

that’s what we all do
wherever we live our growing up
we talk the talk
to be heard understood
picking up dialect’s accent
stress-diction’s drawl
delivery-tone’s pause
slang-tongue
vernacular

i listen to locals
and hear america
learning to speak

_____________________________________© dld september 12, 2006
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on the occasion of living in Hawai’i and trying to learn the language.

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