Speak

speak to me

in a foreign tongue

and I won’t understand

speak to me

far too loudly

and I will tune out

speak to me

in tones of anger

and I can return only anger

speak to me

in empty meaninglessness

and I have nothing to hear

speak to me

as a friend

and I will be engaged

speak to me

as an equal

and much will be accomplished

speak to me

from the deepest part of you

and the deepest part of me

will respond

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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on October 1, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. hooklineandinkwell

    what a great take on getting back what you put in…this is beautiful πŸ™‚

  2. … and you just spoke to me! That was beautiful!

  3. Lovely piece, John! Your poetry certainly speaks to me and many others on here!

  4. Many lessons in a single post! Bravo!

  5. Speak to me with those words, and those words will speak to me.

  6. Dang! This is powerful. I love this. Sharing now.

  7. Nice and so deeply true. I wanted to say also that wouldn’t it be nice if all over the world every human being could fully understand what the other was saying.

  8. I love this. Love, love, really love it. And it’s so true. Thank you.

  9. Love it!

    As Beethoven wrote: “From the heart to the heart”

  10. Thank you for following my blog. I’m looking forward to checking out more of your stuff. Already I have found a lot of sobering truth here. I hope you have a great weekend. Warmest regards.

  11. so very true and in my face!! attitude behind speech speaks louder than the words…

  12. Your poetry is amazing. I believe that when reading ones poetry or even ones work you get to know more about the person. This poem is genuine and I appreciate its truth.

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