Description: I wrote this for my ASL (american sign language) teacher, mr. forshay. we communciate through signs and writing. he has gotten to know me through my poetry. it's truely amazing to "sign" my work. it's very expressive.
Ode to ASL -------------------------------------------
two different languages:
Voice and sign…
But the language of unity,
Of compassion and friendship
remains the same.
with my lips:
Words flow with ease,
Rising and falling with pitch
with you hands:
Words form in an intricate dance,
They rise and fall with expression
Like the tides of the sea.
And yet we both understand
The same rise and fall
Shows we both have feelings
and that we both speak
from the heart.
with my ears:
I can hear the laughter of a child
Or the music of a full orchestra
Any time I wish.
with you eyes:
You see joy in your smiling children
And you take pride when your students sign “I understand.”
And yet we both understand that the world
Is made up of so much more than noise;
We know that there is no need for pointless talking
When a simple smile can do.
We understand the value of sight and sound:
We both listen
with our hearts.
You and I.
We speak two different languages.
Yet we understand
no matter where we are from
or how we communicate
the language of our hearts
very nice message and that's all my comment is going to entail, I love how you constantly drove the point home, not only is communication the key of life, but it can be done in so many ways, nicely expressed...Bob:)
This is very powerful. I have an aunt who knows sign language and I know a very little myself, although it is one of my goals before I die to learn sign language. . . this is a very neat poem and I thought your structure was very good. . . up til the last stanza. If I were you, I would break it up to look something more along these lines. . .
We are different yet we understand the language of hearts
no matter where we live or how we communicate it's universal when viewed from the heart
This is pretty rough but it's just my idea. I didn't really like the big clump at the end. Anyhoo, I think this poem could also be approved by eliminating the first person. . . it would be a challenge but well worth the effort. Great write! -Secret