Sahar Bano Malik

Supplication

Coming from a background of a certain disposition, cultures from many different sources dwell within me. My parents have been brought up speaking the thick earthy sound of their cultural Punjabi. They taught us the poetic innocence of Urdu, and secretly converse in the language of their home town, Swahili. We can read and recite the beauty of Arabic, yet the English we speak shrinks us down before white men.