If Your Parents Are Immigrants, This Poem About English Will Put A Lump In Your Throat
"How dare you mock your mother when she opens her mouth and broken English spills out?"
One of the most difficult aspects of being a child of immigrants is having a different accent and a different first language than your parents do.
A month ago, for Mother's Day, poet Rupi Kaur – a Canadian daughter of Indian parents – released a poem celebrating the beauty in that dissonance.
And thanking her parents for their sacrifices.
Without further ado, "Broken English" by Rupi Kaur:
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