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Bilingual

 

 

The sun n'er sets but stays at peak

For him whose tongue two tongues can speak.

It steers the soul to distant shore,

And there adventure lies in store.

Such tongue afar the trav'ler takes,

Misunderstanding dissipates.

So, to one language be not bound,

A wide near world waits to be found.

Rewards enrich all those who try,

With wealth that money cannot buy.

In far-off lands you'll bond with others,

You'll find new friends and feel like brothers.

Learn new words, a couple tenses,

With this passport leap the fences.

You break down walls, you open gates,

And man with man communicates.

How quickly frown will change to smile,

When our speech spans a second mile.

Toward this end 'tis wise to strive,

With second tongue you're more alive.

So monolingual do not be,

Unbind this fetter, you'll be free.

The sun n'er sets but stays at peak

For him whose tongue two tongues can speak.

 

 

 

By Abbott Saks

Old Dominion University