Poem: Pen to Paper: The Only Language I Know

Updated on February 7, 2020
Brenda Arledge profile image

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

"Babyface, I Wish I Could Tell You"

Spoken words uttered from my lips,
a confused mixture,
sitting silently hoping you hear each one.

Eyes glaring, hateful reply
the relative meaning misunderstood.

Looking towards you with glazed eyes,
pleading you read my mind
discovering the hidden meaning
buried deep, feeling the painted picture,
understanding those precious jumbled thoughts,
I will forever love you.

Weeping from my baby blues,
taking pen to paper
sensibly speaking the only language I understand,
desperately wishing to convey
how much you mean to me
with spoken words.

When you reply, “Why didn't you just say so?”

Do you have trouble expressing your thoughts into words ?

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"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals

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      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR


        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        I believe as a writer we stumble upon words because we always want to think of the perfect way to say something.

        Thanks for reading.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR


        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        Thank you, Linda.

        I am glad you can relate to this one! It often seems to be a problem for many of us who write.

        Thank you for reading.

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        Linda Crampton 

        11 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is an interesting poem whose contents I can certainly relate to. I found the last sentence very moving. Some of us can't just say so, as your poem describes.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR


        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        Thank you, Laura.

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        Laura Grace 

        11 months ago from Tampa, Florida

        Lovely poem Brenda about expression through writing, there is nothing like it, I agree.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR


        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        I believe writer's have the worst problem because we are so used to putting our thoughts on paper.

        Thanks for reading.

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        Amani Utembu 

        11 months ago from Nairobi -Kenya

        I believe everyone has trouble translating thoughts to words... And that's why we speak best with pen and paper....

        I totally relate to this 100%.

        Great piece as well

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR


        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        Yes John, me too. I can always find the right words if I write them down, but not when I am trying to talk. The words just seem jumbled, coming out misconstrued.

        I suppose it is a common problem for those of us who write.

        Thank you, John. I am happy you read my work and can relate. It is good to know I am not alone.

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        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Touching poem, Brenda, that I can relate to. Verbally I always have trouble expressing my thoughts successfully but through writing I have no such problem. I guess I have more time to think whereas in spoken conversation I don’t.


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