i am what i’m writing * by Miwa Tsutsui
I used to be something, but now I am nothing.
I used to think I’m something,
But later it turned out that I’m nothing.
Before I came to the US, I thought there as something made me myself,
but once I came here and lost a language,
I became nothing.
Who Am I?
I’m what I speak,
What I write.
I was made of language.
If language is gone, I’m nothing.
And I gradually learned a language,
All my language, I borrowed.
I borrowed “totally” from my friend whose name is Maria.
I borrowed “very true” from psychology student in California.
All parts of my language are made up of these people and as I speak, as I write,
I start to disappear.
Because I am what I’m speaking.
I am what I’m writing.
I became so in this country.
I, too, sing America.
I, too, am America.
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(c) Miwa Tsutsui
From the Denison University production
of I, Too, Sing America! (c) Dale Shields