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I speak a language beyond your comprehension,
Fluently articulated in vibrance
And schooled in a refined pool of elegance.
Each syllable is edged in lush emerald bullion
And encrusted in double meanings and symbols.
Vous ne pourriez pas commence comprendre mes mots
Ni la educación para alcanzarlos.
My plight, my struggle to achieve, you name a game.
You declare I was born to wealth and luxury.
Your envy and ignorance are trite and vexing.

I speak a language born of struggle,
A hybrid bastardization forged between older and younger siblings.
Neither older nor younger can understand the other;
I speak the language that ties them—
My words are those of the masses and medias,
Although neither of you choose to listen to them.
I am caught in the middle,
And I am lonely because
I am hated on one side for having too much
And on the other for having too little of the same.

I spek a poor language
Cuz i’m poor
You think jist cuz i gots nofink
I am nofink—an’ am lazy too
But i am som’body
I gots values
An’ unlik you i can be ‘lax an’ have fun
An’ smell them roses ‘for they gone
All my words be ‘bout an’ for fam’ly an’ friends
Not money cuz i ain’t got none

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The following comments are for "Speaking the Language of SES"
by Persephone

Inscrutable as Language
Persephone ~ I'm having a small "Why haven't I read your work before?" moment.

I love this poem. You've managed to convey quite a lot in three tightly written, well-contrasted stanzas. Lovely, lovely work.

I find myself just as curious as Windchime over SES, however. What's that?

( Posted by: hazelfaern [Member] On: December 9, 2005 )

And SES is...
I am glad that this piece is so well recepted!

SES stands for socioeconomic status, and I've tried with this work to portray a glance of the upper, middle, and lower classes.

About the French, I was unsure if my formation was correct (it's been so long since I've studied the language, and I only studied for two years). Any advice/help/correction would be appreciated. Same for the next line in Spanish, although I feel more confident with Spanish.

( Posted by: Persephone [Member] On: December 11, 2005 )

Goddess Got Wicked Skills
Persephone- Good to read you again..Pretty much has been said above..

Economics..Ruination of all..

I once heard heavy guru giving lecture say: "Man is all puffed-up. The more he progresses, the more he regresses."..Your piece made me recall. Thanks.


( Posted by: Bobby7L [Member] On: December 11, 2005 )

only nobility love it
I don't know. It seems to me that there are ups and downs to every class. After all, the upper class is often expected to look and act a certain way, go to specific schools, know certain people, and present a certain level of sophistication which requires a great deal of education and learning. It's a mold I'd not like to try to fit.

( Posted by: Persephone [Member] On: December 12, 2005 )

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