Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.
A poem in which an emotion is personalized. Hope you get what it is before I mention it, cos this is what that emotion feels like for me:
I never wondered about you enough
To describe what you felt like in a word
When I tried to tell them about you
After you had gone and left me here
All that came out were soundless tears.
You didn’t surprise me or make my heart
Dance with my hands in the air, in ecstasy
You just made me feel like you belonged in me,
That I had been born to feel this way everyday
To always have a smile singing inside me.
I couldn’t find words that matched
Nor descriptions deserving enough
For once, books utterly failed me
But I could hear your when I was alone
When words lost their voices and gained meaning.
You were there when I felt the dew
At dawn on my bare, trembling feet
In the lonely tree which gazed above
When I was stuck in a traffic jam
In the sky when it was blank,
That hour where the stars had disappeared
And the sun was yet to wake up.
Now that you’ve gone,
They are all silent
They gaze at me
Like I have betrayed them.
And then, I realized what you were,
That there was a word which trapped you.
You were Happiness.