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from the October 2005 issue: Jaguar Tongues

The Loss of Our Language

Note: There are fewer than 100 fluent Comanche speakers in the world today.


A long time ago
when animals
could talk,
the language
of the people
was spoken,
sweet—like sugar.


Today, few speak
Comanche,
its loss—a bitter lesson.
That is all.

October 2005
Jaguar Tongues
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