Monday, June 4, 2012

THE LANGUAGE

 I don’t speak the language
Still, I listen, 

am usually soothed 
by their soft, sweet, 
  familiar melodies 
 
But...
 
there are times,
sometimes 
(I admit)
when I might
imagine it differently:
 
Those twinkling tones, 
chips and chatters
might be merely 
day-to-day discourse -- 

nagging wives, hungry husbands, cranky kids:

“You’re late!  Where have you been?”

“Gathering twigs!  What’s for dinner?"

"Worms again?”

“How come we never get to have crickets
like the other chicks?”


(It's true! )
I don’t speak the language
and, sometimes, I am grateful,
so that I may only
listen
and enjoy the music

  


15 comments:

  1. Ha! This is fantastic. I hope they're just happily singing, but who knows. Why shouldn't they be as boring as the rest of us workin' stiffs. ;) Such a fun perspective!

    de
    www.whimsygizmo.wordpress.com

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  2. Thanks, De! I think their voices are just more melodious than ours -- at least to our ears! :-)) Thanks for stopping by & enjoying! :-)

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  3. After reading this poem, I am wondering how we sound to them????

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    1. Good thought, Patricia! Might make for another interesting poetic perspective! :-))

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  4. Pam, Love it! Had to read it to my husband--you gave us a wonderful chuckle with our coffee ...fortunately none of it came out our nose--the coffee that is :-)

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    1. LOL Oh! Thanks, Sara! I love that you're sharing it & reading it aloud. Thanks for that! :-)

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  5. LOL! I love this one! Very witty and clever. Ha!

    Madeleine Begun Kane

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    1. Thanks, Mad! Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

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  6. How cool to have been "here" over 2 years ago, and then be here today, still blessed to be enjoying your gorgeous words. I'm so thankful for our little poetical community, I can't even tell you.
    PS: I still really love this.

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    1. :-) It IS a bit like time traveling -- is it not?? Such FUN to read all these lovely comments -- both old and new. And yes, such a lovely community of poets! Thank you for the op-poet-unity! ;-)

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  7. You should see my smile!!! I love this back and forth dialogue and your closing!! Perfect. :)!!

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    1. Yup! I'll bet you've had similar thoughts along your own walks! LOL Thanks for the read! :-)

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