Words Not Said

Finding the word that

expresses the feeling or

invites the imagination or

paints the vision —

Finding that word is like walking to the end

of the high diving board,

legs quivering heart-thumping

the water below is still and dark

and an  impossibly long ways down. 

You can crawl back to the ladder 


slowly climb back down

(I’ve done it, and saved my energy 

for quieter pursuits, but then wondered

what I missed)

or you can come to the edge

and trust that the words spoken

will free you 

as you feel the wind

whip past your ears,

And for a few moments you


expansive and new

before you slip into the bracing 

coolness and you think:

“I want to do that again!”

What other words are unspoken?


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