Mother tongue


I’m sitting at the coffee shop 

Having my morning coffee and writing

There is a couple sitting to my left

The woman has dark curly hair

The man is wearing a suit

They are having an animated conversation

In a language other than French or English

There is a man sitting to my right

The food he is having as a wonderful aroma

An early lunch

He is talking on the phone

Speaking in a language other than French or English

This, my friends is Canada

Where we often hear people speaking in their native tongues

Waves of immigrants keep coming to Canada every year

And with them they bring their cultures and languages

They learn English and French too

But they also converse in their mother tongue

This, my friends is Canada 

May 3rd, 2023

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