A poet? You judge

WORDS

It’s the words that matter

in spite of what they say

about the minimal part they play:

that we communicate

through gesture, looks and tone of voice

creating vibes we’re barely conscious of.

I keep a stubborn hold on them:

‘But you said…’

‘It says here that…’

I feel betrayed

when the rope of language slackens,

and life slips from its moorings

drifting away from the rubric.

‘It wasn’t like that.’

‘That’s not what I said.’

But I am learning

that I describe what I remember

and I remember what I perceive

and I perceive what I select

from what is there at the time –

and even ‘what is there’

is questionable.

And if you should be there

and say it all differently,

what price the words then?

As if it wasn’t bad enough

that ‘words lack all precision’,

the realities they grapple with

are slippery fish

that wriggle from my hands

and make treacherous my footing.

Maybe it’s about letting go the notion

that words can pin life to a board

like specimen butterflies.

Maybe it’s about learning to juggle with wet fish.

4 Responses to “A poet? You judge”


  1. 1 chris June 3, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    A poet.
    Why? Because of the images, the understoodnesses, the connections – and yes, because of the words!

  2. 3 Miriam June 7, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Hee hee, that’s excellent! Lovely to have another thoughtfull blog. I shall add it to my list of “blogs to peruse when one is procrastinating.”

    Been clearing out the attic which is full of really really obscure objects such as:
    1)Snow Ploughs
    2)Lamps to go on the back of steam trains
    3)A Range finder
    4)Ski goggles
    5)Piping
    to mention but a few. (We got rid of the mechanical calculators a few years ago.) I’m currently very dirty! Hope you’re well, love
    Mx

  3. 4 Sarah SSM June 11, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    Wow.
    I am thankful to Kimberly B for steering people to your site. I’ll be back.
    Sarah SSM


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