What Did You Say?

characteristics of nature 
move, change, block sounds
that make up words 
challenging comprehension 
an argument for guessing

breezes move through the house 
confronting conversations
remaking words, blowing parts away, 
obscuring continuity
challenging listener understanding 

distance between rooms diminish sounds 
sentences separated by spaces
broken strings, incomplete sounds
listeners repair the broken 
filling in the blanks 

guest’s voices rise until
a pervasive din stops hearing,
lips move without words 
lip readers or pretenders
nod in agreement 

across the dinner table
neither wind or crowds are necessary
to confuse understanding      or mislead
changing expression will mask clues 
that give meaning to words

after too many dinners
misunderstanding becomes common
stopping listening until
the bridge of understanding disappears
in the fog

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