Nevermind, you won't get it

by Beth K Hannah

Can you tell the truth from the silence
Or the way the words we say bend and loop
Falling back on precedents neither of us ever trusted
Making me pray that talking will cease and
I can go on my way.

Of course you can't.

Neither can I.

All I want is a chance to experience
You for you for all you are when you are you
But all I get is jumbled dischord and chaos
That makes me think
You are not even sure where you begin and everyone else ends.

Send me a letter when you find out
Where time and space end
And happiness plays its fiddle.
I will be waiting in the wings,
Ready to divulge what I only hint at
And what I actually want to be.


Posted on 02/17/2010
Copyright © 2023 Beth K Hannah

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Amie Golda on 02/18/10 at 08:32 AM

The frustrations here are real and relatable but the way you piece the words together is clever and vivid. It's rare we find the right words for our frustrations but you do that here. Well done.

Posted by Ashok Sharda on 02/19/10 at 02:57 AM

Words can speak lies but not silence.Words can 'bend and loop'to project a 'personality' which isn't the 'essence'. But silence can speak without speaking, transcending the 'jumbled dischord and chaos' created by words, in a space of time, in the inside of the inside of the inside room, One can be and 'meet'. Brilliant.

Posted by V. Blake on 02/19/10 at 05:21 AM

Excellent write here, Beth. This is my first time reading you, and you can be sure it will not be the last.

Posted by Julie Adams on 02/19/10 at 04:02 PM

This piece says so little, but speaks volumes...we have all known some version of this strife, this longing for simpler interactions, where happiness roams freely about two persons...how difficult to pinpoint, but how well u serve ur craft with this expression, first questions lead, then the subject's realizations, the understanding of their reality, then possibility and hope follow...how intrinsically poetic...a pleasure to read u, and kudos to being on the top rated list, peace, jewels

Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 02/19/10 at 04:18 PM

I like this too. Interesting, the way you construct the structure with a blend of metaphors...the last stanza is especially strong. :) nice!

Posted by Bertram Sparagmos on 06/01/13 at 11:06 PM

Anger and hope make discordant bedfellows, but not completely incongruous ones.

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