Marking the edge of one of many circles

They speak their language and we listen
on the train, perhaps or at a café
lulled by the perceived music, drawn on
by one word in a dozen that stirs familiar
our ancient roots. Of course their talk
is as mundane as ours, all the daily needs
to communicate, to demand, make known
the self; but they in their world, we in ours—
messy, but for the moment not burdened
by meaning.


NaPoWriMo Day 25, prompt is to begin with a line from another poem. First line from Mark Jarman’s “Chimney Swifts,” which I discovered in the Bright Wings anthology. I also borrowed the title from Wallace Stevens, “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”

7 thoughts on “Marking the edge of one of many circles”

    1. Thanks, Merril. A bit of a sidetrack–but I always had to warn my youngest that lots more people in Germany understood English than she assumed. Just because we couldn’t understand their conversations didn’t mean they couldn’t understand ours!

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  1. I love the flow here, and the idea of the commonality – ancient roots! – between languages. I imagine this in a loud, “messy” café, messy in the way they are in Europe when they’re full of people talking and those rich sounds of life.

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    1. The part of languages/language learning that fascinates me the most is the history, the similarities and differences, the evolutions.

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