So Are We Known

Esteban Vicente

Esteban Vicente

We speak best
when we keep silent
Our words but awkward
distractions from who we are
Who we are is written on our face
Stares from behind our eyes
We are as our hands tell
Tight`fisted or open
As we are known
So are we known

We speak best
without explanations
Our words obfuscations
rather than clarifications
Rationalizations diminish stature
An empty appeal to reason
in the place of character
Word`keepers or not
As we are known
So are we known

We speak best
with our imagination
Word`painted pictures
which draw no conclusions
Leave questions seeking answers
for others to find treasures
in unraveling mysteries
Pilgrims not prophets
As we are known
So are we known

Prayers rise like the smoke, and are answered as smoke is.
Arrange your unutterable alphabet, my man, and hold tight.
It’s all you’ve got, a naming of things, and not so beautiful.” ~ Charles Wright


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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5 Responses to So Are We Known

  1. Michael says:

    Beautiful, Peter! Who we are shines through, no matter how we try and disguise it. Eventually, it will peek through the covering…



  2. reminds me of my father’s advice – “ignore the lips, watch the hands”


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