Foreign Language Speaker

        I love this total freedom.

                                         (Neil D-B.)

I’m no good at total freedom

Like a colony abandoned

by its first invader

I feel deserted

and make no sense at all

When you’re a woman

you are expected to be always

a bit scared and uncertain,

ask: „Am I right?” or „May I?”

I am a Foreign Language Speaker

used to adopting myself

to masculine flexion and gender

which always makes me stop

on the second step

and sit in the back row

– language is a mirror

which shows you

where your place is

After many years

you become a bit autistic

and don’t miss freedom at all

I am neither a Nomad

nor an Easy Rider

But I could still do

with a short ride

through a forest


28 October 2012