Which Language should I Speak?
Chewing totters in the badlands
The permanent resident of my body,
The household of tradition heaped on his back,
Hollers at me,
‘you whore-son, talk like we do. Talk, I tell you!’
picking through the Vedas
his top-knot well-oiled with ghee,
my Brahmin teacher tells me,
‘you idiot, use the language correctly!’
now I ask you, which language should I speak?