misheard, misspoken

imageAre you sure that’s what I said?
Or did you hear something I didn’t mean?
Where I intended feather-light phrases,
did you hear ungainly clatter?
Are you sure that’s what I said?
Perhaps you should check again.

Am I sure that’s what I said?
Perhaps I expressed myself badly.
Did I use a word too liberally,
flashing it for impact, rather than wisdom?
Am I sure that’s what I said?
Perhaps I should check again.

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3 thoughts on “misheard, misspoken

  1. What a very discerning poem, Lucy… this is at the centre of all communication difficulties – politicians suddenly realising that something they said as a joke has been taken completely out of context and may mean their resignation; a blogger trying to be light and sparky and ending up being inane and superficial; a novelist who discovers that though their ideas & theme & characterisation may be wonderful, the tone is completely inappropriate… it’s unending, isn’t it! (And thank you very much for following my blog – it’s very encouraging to me.)

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