‘Understanding’

by danielschwamm

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A journey in words
Like a walk in the woods
Standing in cursive lines
Perhaps fine print
Lined redwoods making shapes
Understandable only from bird’s eye
But how difficult when walking down beside?

A stroll through meaning
Like an expedition through a maze
The simplicity and complexity
From one word to the next
Meeting different cultures soon despises common sense.
‘What does that mean?’
Replaces disinterested nods
‘What does that mean?’
What! What? What!

Pen in your hand and paper
—underneath
Need you ever—an eraser?

 

© Daniel Schwamm, All Rights Reserved, 2015.
Photo: © Daniel Schwamm, All Rights Reserved, 2015.

2 Comments to “‘Understanding’”

  1. Beautiful poem, I particularly enjoyed the interweaving of forest and word imagery, and the ending was lovely.

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