Saturday, February 14, 2015

Language Barrier

Bridge - Language Barrier
-1-
I stand before you
so much I want to tell you
I try to form the words
but my tongue gets in the way

I see your lips move 
the waves hit my ears
But the sounds You are making
are not making sense to me

I cannot reach...
and I despair of understanding you.



All I would tell you
Is trapped here within me
And all I would know of you
so close - but cut off from me.

Beautiful sounds are not enough 
I must find a key
words have meaning
always inadequate and yet
a scary tenuous, swinging bridge
with holes and pieces missing
is better than a chasm
between you and me,
can help to cross this emptiness
between you and me.



                       -2-
Once  - we understood each other perfectly
Somewhere, in some place we've long forgotten
I understood
and was understood
with a touch
a glance
a word

Now - this barrier between
These clumsy attempts at explanation
Never sure we really understood
never sure we were really heard
I guess that's why
You had to be
The Word.


Linking up with Velvet Ashes at The Grove where the prompt this week is "language".

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2 comments:

  1. Well done, Michele! I didn't anticipate the twist at the end.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. And thanks for stopping by. I've enjoyed being part of the Grove this week.

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