Ella Kurz is a third generation Australian. Her German/Austrian heritage feels like a special part of what makes her Australian. Her partner and father of her children is a first generation Australian. Ella feels that both of these parts of her life continue her – and, more broadly, Australia’s – story of migration.
Growing up speaking only one language, Ella considered bilingual people to be somewhat magical. As a young adult, Ella was convinced that speaking more than one language was a magical power she would like to harness for herself. This poem reflects her experience of immersion-based language learning.
a skittering dance
over glistening jumbo-sized rainbow hued soap bubbles.
When I keep my momentum
I stay upright.
never quite comfortable.
Never quite knowing where I will trip myself up
The bubbles push out from under foot
They were only soap bubbles after all.
© Ella Kurz, 2017