On Conversations

Ines Hildur pinterest.com

Ines Hildur   pinterest.com

The scientist
sees rationally
thinks reasonably
speaks sequentially
To converse with him
I’ll speak concretely
think empirically
see specifically
as if a scientist

The teacher
sees linguistically
thinks syntactically
speaks grammatically
In conversation with her
I’ll parse verbs carefully
diagram thoughtfully
plagerize cautiously
as if a teacher

The poet
sees abstractly
thinks randomly
speaks metaphorically
If we’re in a conversation
I will master ambiguity
contemplate imagery
grasp opaquicity
as if a poet

   Is it any wonder conversation
   is rapidly becoming a lost art?

“I love the notion of poems and other works of literature
carrying on conversations among themselves.” ~ Cheryl Ruffing


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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2 Responses to On Conversations

  1. I’ll let you know when I’ve finished looking up my dictionary… :) Have a lovely day Peter

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    • Ha! Maureen, I think that’s precisely why we’re afraid to engage each other in conversations: everyone is a ‘specialist’ in his/her own field and is uneasy engaging another for fear of being misunderstood [or evaluated] as an incompetent . . . Thank you for always finding something interesting in my poems, even the ones that are arcane . . .

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