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I like the sweet accent
Heard on the stairs this morning:
Persian with a hint of American.
Years ago in Iran
I saw this American accent
As a sign of losing self.
But now with every rise and fall
It touches my heart
Because my son speaks Persian
With this accent
And I still have his alphabet cards
In the drawer of my desk.
Every morning on our way to preschool
We read them on the bus
And he learned the Persian alphabet
Before learning the English.
Copyright 2018 Majid Naficy.
Majid Naficy is the author of a number of books in Persian and in English, including Father & Son published by Red Hen.