inflection

I have never
been comfortable
hearing my name
spoken in my
native tongue

something about the way
the consonants are softened
the vowels drawn out
how it becomes
less of a statement
and more of a question
the kind I have
difficulty answering

but when I imagine
your sleep laced voice
whispering my name
in Khmer
I know
my answer
will always be
“yes”

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