A Poem – I Can Hear You But I Can’t Understand The Words You’re Saying

I can hear you whispering in my ears The warmth of your breath and the sweetness, the smell of you I instinctively know what you’re saying I think But I can’t understand the words you’re saying I move to the front of the classroom can hear much better from there I watch carefully to see what you’re saying To try to gain meaning from the sounds But I can’t understand the words you’re saying We hold each other tight as we watch a movie on TV You giggle as the characters tell a funny story I turn up the volume and try to catch more of the dialogue The sounds get louder But I still can’t understand the words they’re saying The phone rings and I don’t want to answer it Its painful to listen to the person on the other end I hear the sounds of conversation but only pieces of the words Its too difficult to grasp for a meaning Because I can’t understand the words they’re saying Conversations are too challenging so I avoid them Leaving my friends and family to wonder what’s wrong I’ve withdrawn into myself, not wanting to see anyone For fear of hearing them talk Because I can’t understand the words they’re saying All’s quiet, not because I can’t hear, I really can But the sounds are meaningless mumbles, frustratingly difficult to decipher I hide from everyone so as not to appear disconnected or unintelligent Dealing with the noise and chatter is too much, the quiet is easier Because I can’t understand the words you’re saying ©2009 Alan R. Ehrlich (all rights...