Thoughts are rolling 'round My mind on language wheels and carousels Building momentum From the spin and leaping off Into the air Grabbing ahold of trapeze words Hanging from lines of lexicon On and on they spring and swing Tumbling free Through whispering breeze Then catching bows of gossiping trees Who mock as they are wont to do The argot of the rhyming bees Who buzz so, flitting busily Perchance parlance Sticks well enough, but Comes a thought that finds no words In spin no words In flight no words In wind no words Within no words And so such thought is never heard Nor ever seen Hopelessly dropping endlessly Clutching grabbing desperately For term unknown forever Cursing wordlessly My untold limitations
Open Link Night
For today’s Open Link Night at d’Verse, I’d like to share a poem that I wrote in the summer of 2020, not long after I’d created this blog.
Self-expression continues to fascinate and frustrate me – both in general and with poetry in particular because I spend so much of my time conceiving new verses.
I question the extent to which I am able to convey what I intend at all. While it’s lovely that art is in the eye of the beholder, and its interpretation is, therefore, in the beholder’s mind, where does that leave those who hope to convey their ideas with any measure of precision?
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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.–Ben Harper (b. 1969)
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64 thoughts on “Thought, or: Language”
I like your swing on the word trapeze! Interesting how some thoughts have no words and expressions in one language have not equal in another! Well done David.
💓 Thanks, Dwight! 💓
I struggle with communication in general so I’m always aware of how words fail me. I think words are one language, but there are others, like music, or mathematics, or gesture–none of them can say everything. (K)
That’s a very interesting point, Kerfe… I really love your comments.
ah, this is tight, and i can relate to every word of it, especially lately, but that is a result of my own stress (i may have a kidney stone) anyway:
that pretty much says it all
💗 LEP 💗 – thanks!
Love the energy and brisk pace of your words!
💕 Thanks, Grace 💕
I really enjoyed this, David! It has a wonderful flow to it, and is beautiful to read. Can we ever express ideas with precision? I think if we can resonate with others, we are doing well!
Indeed… although if one does not know one’s audience in advance, how can one attempt to best resonate with them?
Write from the ❤️ I find that resonates with most people!
“Comes a thought that finds no words…” I’m way too familiar with this. It’s almost as frustrating as staring at the page or screen for three hours trying to think of a word that rhymes with “orange.” 😀
💞 Madam C. 💞 – thank you!
Well written ✨
💖 Navin 💖 – thank you, kind sir!
It’s my pleasure, David ✨❤️💫…kind & humble sir!
I love the images in this, especially the trapeze comparison.
💜 Jenna 💜 – thank you!
As poets or any writers, we are all about words. . . and yet, you’re right, it is a struggle.
I don’t know if you’re fluent enough, but have you ever tried to write or translate your poetry into another language?
God, no. 😀 I’m probably too much of a perfectionist to attempt that. I hate my failings in English enough already!
Hahahaha. I meant more as an exercise perhaps.😀
I did write this little piece once –
You told this well.
🤍 Thanks, Petru 🤍
P.S. Did I get your name correct?
I think it is something we all struggle with, and your poem has captured it beautifully.
❤ Linda ❤ – thank you so much.