Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Communication Breakdown (12/16/10)
TITLE: A Spouse's Plea
By Beth Muehlhausen
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I can’t seem to communicate
In ways that draw you near.
In fact when e’er I say things
You think they’re twisted and unclear.
I know it’s hard to understand
That I’ve said not what I meant.
I want to learn to say out loud
What my gestures represent.
My eyes flash unspoken verbiage
And yet you just can’t seem to see.
My posture and expressions
Say great volumes about me.
My body shows forth images
Of emotion deep and wide.
There’s nothing superficial
About such “speech” that’s never lied.
The flip side is your eloquence
In articulated prose.
Your profundity confounds my mind
And keeps me on my toes.
What emotion lurks within you
To fuel those words you always say?
I long to see the evidence
In a body language way.
I love you so extremely
Yet am helpless to express.
It seems we’re always distanced
When our “languages” digress.
To be one flesh means binding
Our two selves and our deep souls.
Right now we’re conjoined singles
Jeopardizing our own goals.
We flounder ‘midst our hints and clues
While managing to cope.
We need holistic languages
Of honor, love, and hope.
Perhaps we both should stretch ourselves
For our marriage to survive.
Express our vows unselfishly
And intentionally revive.
Transparency and sacrifice
Will help us stick it out.
We’ve got to be authentic
Or else be consumed by doubt.
So please I beg you open up
And let your heart escape.
I know its there just waiting
Behind its own red tape.
Hold me, touch me, dance and swoon
While gazing eye-to-eye.
This will tell me more than words
And I’ll answer with a sigh.
Then I will also strive to say
The honest truth so blunt.
I’ll pledge to speak my heart out loud
And verbally confront.
In fact right now I’ll start with this
Small token of intent.
Please know I want to humbly change -
Transform and yes, repent.
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