william stafford | purifying the language of the tribe

1 07 2012

Man and Woman by Edvard Munch

POETRY DISPATCH No. 377 | July 1, 2012

WILLIAM STAFFORD

PURIFYING THE LANGUAGE OF THE TRIBE

Walking away means

“Goodbye.”

 

Pointing a knife at your stomach means

“Please don’t say that again.”

 

Leaning toward you means

“I love you.”

 

Raising a finger means

“I enthusiastically agree.”

 

“Maybe” means

“No.”

 

“Yes” means

“Maybe.”

 

Looking like this at you means

“You had your chance.”

[from:THE DARKNESS AROUND US IS DEEP]

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3 responses

1 07 2012
Charlie Rossiter

thanks for another good one

1 07 2012
epochron@aol.com

A reminder that a gesture, or a one word reply are more potent than ceaseless chatter…grazie

2 07 2012
Kris Thacher

This purification gets lost in millions of emails, tweets, blogs-all those little gestures and clues to what’s really happening. Is there an emoticon for “maybe” means “no”…

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