19 Jan 2011

Languages Signs Symbols

On the street, bus, train or flight
We see hundreds of strangers,
who speak unknown languages!
They try to ask for directions,
Queries about place and shops
Or about stuffs they wish to buy
With signs, symbols, actions
And the words they know
They try to convey their thoughts
Hoping that we will understand
Then they eagerly wait for our reply
Tries hard to grasp what we say
However, they might not have any clue
About what we say
With a smile, they greet us, thanks
Even if our efforts couldn’t help them
If we know their language
They seek our help to convey their thoughts
To the ones they wish to interact
As a translator
It’s always hard to travel to an unknown land
With unknown language and culture
As even gestures can have different meaning
But I find people courageous
When they try to defy the barriers of language
To get where they wish and do what they want

 I wrote this poem to participate in poetrypotluck and  oneshotpoetry  . Visit there to read amazing poems written by numerous poets. Thanks. Images courtesy respective sites.


dustus said...

Great commentary on communication. Makes me think of language development in a social context. Whether it be an infant through pre-verbal gestures and approximations or a multilingual poet, the impetus to communicate remains. Thought provoking One Shot!

Jingle said...

On the street, bus, train or flight
We see hundreds of strangers,
who speak unknown languages!

what a fitting piece..love your words of truth and wisdom.
well penned.


Brian Miller said...

nice. sometimes it is more than the language that keeps us from communicating with each other...but yeah to be able to put that aside and really hear someone now that is skill...nice one shot

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Carrie Burtt said...

Love this Nithin! Communication of humanity....this certainly shows how in some ways we are much alike. Well spoken indeed! :-)

Kavita said...

Nicely put, Nithin... it's amazing how we manage to communicate with our different methods.. sometimes, we may fail... but our attempts never die...

I liked what you did with the potluck prompt, my friend... thanks for this One shot!

Shashi said...

Good work, and I enjoyed the way you have incorporated it all.. thanks for sharing..

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