Gillian Commerford


Learning to Speak


It amazes me how people say so much
without saying anything at all
This is how most of us speak-
the words flow like torrents
but have no meaning
they're empty
void.

I think we must learn to speak
with great care
as if speaking was a dying art
to shape each word slowly in our mouths
roll them on our tongues
between our teeth
before giving utterance-
and more than this
we must learn to revere silence
to listen with great love and devotion
to the words that are not spoken.

Submitted: Saturday, June 01, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
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