ESL
by Leon Lowder

    She spent all evening teaching a new language
    to new students,
    whose mouths didn't quite fit the new words
    they were being filled with.
    Now, at home, she was tired,
    for stretching lips and tongues is not easy.
    He was already at home.
    Stretching his mouth alone,
    at his desk.
    He stretched it so much that his lips cracked,
    dry and brittle.
    To speak to her in new words
    that he himself hadn't learnt yet.






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