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Ode to ASL

Author: winged_writer_robyn
ASL Info:    16/f/wa
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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

We speak
two different languages:
Voice and sign…
But the language of unity,
Of compassion and friendship
remains the same.

I speak
with my lips:
Words flow with ease,
Rising and falling with pitch
Like music.
You speak
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.

I listen
with my ears:
I can hear the laughter of a child
Or the music of a full orchestra
Any time I wish.
You listen
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.

We are
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
is universal.

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  Good job, but maybe you should rename the title to Ode To American Sign Language, because I was thinking about age/sex/location on Instant Messanger...maybe I'm just stupid, haha.
| Posted on 2004-10-07 00:00:00 | by Mariah | [ Reply to This ]
  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:)
| Posted on 2004-10-07 00:00:00 | by poetryman | [ Reply to This ]
  The big clump disappearing would really improve the form of your writing. Sign language is hard and there is too a meaningful way to communicate besides talk from the mouth.
| Posted on 2004-10-07 00:00:00 | by AFireInside01 | [ Reply to This ]
  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
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!
| Posted on 2004-10-07 00:00:00 | by secret moon | [ Reply to This ]

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