Words Fail


For Poet’s United, Midweek Motif.  Sumana has the prompt which is words.

Words Fail

“Actions speak louder than words” – old proverb

Words –
A poor way to communicate.
How often words are taken amiss –
to cause anger, make glad, cause tears,
a different language sounds like gibberish –
reduce one to helpless snorts and guffaws.

the touch of a gentle hand upon one’s shoulder
a smile, a frown, the rolling of the eyes,
lips pursed or a blush –
the wind through the trees
the soft peep of peepers down at the creek
on a warm summer night
or the hooting of an owl
in a crystal night with a sky full of stars
in the depths of a cold winter night…
the things that speak to the soul
rather than to the ears –
Words can fail.

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 1sojournal
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 23:06:53

    Yes, sometimes words do fail. I don’t, however, believe that is always the fault of the speaker. I like your thought provoking poem,



  2. Sherry Marr
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 00:08:23

    They certainly can. I like the things that speak to the soul in your second stanza much more.


  3. Sumana Roy
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 02:15:44

    True. Words cannot reach the depth of the soul. Love all the wordless, soul stirring examples. Beautiful Toni.


  4. erbiage
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 03:48:18

    words can never be that which they are referencing.


  5. Khaya Ronkainen
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:18:24

    Simple joy!

    the things that speak to the soul
    rather than to the ears –

    Really like these lines.


  6. Myrna Rosa
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 11:27:09

    Yes words can definitely fail. I like the things that speak to the soul because my ears and my brain don’t always hear very well.


  7. Beverly Crawford
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 12:35:59

    Words CAN fail, true enough. Absorbing the beauty around us requires no words!


  8. thotpurge
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 21:54:15

    Words can fail, agree and yet sometimes, silence is not enough!! But the discerning can hear, can’t they!!!!


  9. Timeless Classics -- Poetry by Ana Daksina
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 00:56:53

    Nice. Reblogging to sister site, Success Inspirers World


  10. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 16, 2018 @ 04:21:28

    Snap! That’s my title, too. But you are saying something different from me. I particularly love the beauty of that last verse.


  11. Rall
    Feb 17, 2018 @ 03:09:27

    words can fail
    words can lie too
    actions tell all

    in my family
    love you
    were not words we used
    we did not need to
    we all felt and knew we were loved
    by behaviour


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