Words Not Spoken

"They Never Call" -- photography by Rob Hanson

Words Not Spoken

Morning sings and the bell doesn’t ring
Too old, too tired, too bored, to call
She steps on the hopeless wing
of the day, a forlorn lifetime away
Watch her slowly bend
as she crawls over minutes
Sadness seeps, the sun creeps
She’s waiting, still, since the fall

Lines twisted, tangled
Lives faded, forgotten
Loves kissed goodbye
Miles of conversations
shot through webs
of waves, sound, digital
slowing down, to a trough

Each dust mountain
a floating voice
of words wrung over time
now caught on a shelf
Lost in the wires
Stuck like tight beads
Unmoved by busy fingers
Pushing the wrong buttons
Dialing dead-ends
Lodged in a well-meant memory
Words never ever
spoken since
settings seemed never
of time.


Submitting this today for One Shoot Sunday at OneStopPoetry.com; visit today for the interview and photography by the talented Rob Hanson; and read poetry inspired by the photos.
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20 Responses to Words Not Spoken

  1. Lovely Annie says:

    Ok…this poem FITS this picture…the image and your words blend perfectly, flawlessly weaving a moment rich with emotion and a sense of reality…does that make any sense? Fantastic take on the picture!

  2. brian says:

    too much is left unsaid…for fear, anger, doubts…thesse are the things i truly think i will regret….the things i did not say…well spoke

  3. Beautiful poem and image that I completely related to. I felt like I inhaled this piece! Lovely. Thanks for sharing

    • Anna says:

      Thank you for that…in some ways we’ve probably all waited for a call…but I hope your phone calls are coming frequently…

  4. dustus says:

    “Lines twisted, tangled / Lives faded, forgotten / Loves kissed goodbye / Miles of conversations / shot through webs / of waves, sound, digital / slowing down, to a trough” I love this transition because it takes the very open, personal intro and expands the scope of your poem dramatically. Excellent response to the prompt!

  5. Reflections says:

    Loved the last stanza especially… very powerful, very insightful.

  6. Claudia says:

    Dialing dead-ends…this hit me most…all the things we adressed in the wrong way or left completely un-adressed..

  7. Your works actually highlighted parts of the photo that I hadn’t noticed, very artfully done there! Dialling dead ends, yep who hasn’t been there for hours on end.

  8. Mama Zen says:

    Sad and beautiful piece!

  9. leah says:

    Amazing, I could see everything that was going in mind throu u’r words

  10. Ann Grenier says:

    Wonderful poem. So sad, so true, so beautifully written.

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