i am what i’m writing * by Miwa Tsutsui

 I used to be something, but now I am nothing.             

I used to think I’m something,

But later it  turned out that I’m nothing.

Before I came to the US, I thought there  as  something made me myself,

but once I came here and lost language,

I became nothing.

  Who Am I?

I’m what I speak,

                                                                              What I write.

I was made of language.

If language is gone, Im nothing.

And I gradually  learned leanguage,             

All my language, I borrowed.             

I borrowed “totally” from my friend  whose name is Maria.            

I borrowed “very true” from psychology  student in California.

All parts of my language is made up  of these people  and as I speak, as I write,

I start to disappear.

                        Because I am what I’m speaking.             

I am what I’m writing.

I became so in this country. 

I, too, sing America.

I, too, am America.

                                             America…

 

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(c) Miwa Tsutsui
From the Denison University production
of I, Too, Sing America! (c) Dale Shields