I speak English. You speak English.
We only speak English.
Or at least, that is the only language we can speak fluently.
Does it feel like,
Most of the time
We are speaking two different languages?
Your words are obscure
Sometimes, what you say has no
It doesn’t fit neatly back into my way of thinking
And just when I finally figure out ONE word
There are eighteen more to translate
Sentences are never simple
I have to string together highly-complex
Conjugated, conditional verbs and nouns
Tenses even I don’t understand
To force you to read between the lines.
I thought your alphabet would be easier
But it’s just like reading hieroglyphics
You have no key. No chart. No
You just have to… know.
There are no cognates. Nothing remotely
About the things you say
Everything I say is easily lost
You misinterpret the clearest messages
Sometimes, I just WISH
That you would talk