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Poetry

The Loss of Our Language

By Unknown
Translated from Comanche by Juanita Pahdopony
An unknown author writes a poem about the disappearance of the Comanche 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.

English

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.

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