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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"The Speakers"


Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *

Notes:

Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction.  Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness.  Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication.  You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication.  Read about how to develop your listening skills.

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Date: 2017-08-10 09:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] across_space_and_time
I and whoever read this one last get the same feeling from it as a kind of cautionary tale. The imagery is disturbing, but I can't help feeling pity and sympathy for all three of them. I'm sure there's a word for specific motifs in fiction that are meant to draw out that response, but I don't know it.

I'm glad for the notes. I think the disturbed feeling comes from a sense of helplessness, for the speakers and listener along with the meaning they carry to the reader, and the notes soften it somewhat.

- Deacon

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