08 February 2012

Speech Would Have Failed


they are not words with less
meaning – though hidden,
perhaps context-conspired,
in what you know meant we
didn’t have to guess right
or press inspired keys

yet somewhere at back of
it is affirmation you had it
exact in a gently warm, not
at all overdone smile and a
mute sideways glance, all
the appropriate testimony

no doubting affection that
flowed molasses-thick in
contagious embrace; you
worship with words your
eyes articulate – where
speech would have failed
© 20 July 2011, I. D. Carswell