letter and sound
from the back of the throat
force and muscle spit and saliva and tongue against teeth.
The difference is a minute tongue induced difference
When they ask where you come from, tell them:
Don’t believe in origins. Authenticity died with Colonialism.
Find a worn Arabic phrase book, practice saying Ghorba.
a kind of home, outside of language
Ghorba: Gha is a fricative sound.
Even if your mouth is closed (you are a mouthpiece)
This poem originally appeared in Aster(ix) journal, Kitchen Table Translation summer 2017 issue.