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The Words Don't Agree

This afternoon was the third round of writers' group.

As you know by now, we start out with a reading and then a little window of time to write a creative response. Today's selection was from The Baltics, a series of poems by Tomas Tranströmer.

The lines that inspired me were:
something wants to be said but the words don't agree
...the humming chorus full of mistaken words

So I wrote.

The Words Don't Agree

I hear your words clearly,
but between my ears and my mind
run twisted train tracks
that change them,
flip them,
inside out.

By the time I know
what has been spoken,
their meaning is mistaken,
replaced by years
of other voices
saying other things.

Your words are forced
into the form of my refrain;

A song written painfully,
pressing louder,
refusing to bend to interruptions,
or counter traffic.

(Perhaps your voice
will be the one
to straighten crooked paths
and sing a louder song.)


MLW said…
Really like your poem. I hear your heart!
MLW said…
Comment re:kith - if the spelling is correct it means friends and acquaintances, but I suspect you know this. What other meaning did you discover - a faerie species?
katerssa said…
Love this, Beth.

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