getting on (I said getting on)

I have learned I must repeat
most things I say

I said
I have learned to repeat
most of what I say

it’s nobody’s fault
just the way things turn out
when one of us is deaf
or chronically inattentive

I said
it’s not your fault

I wonder sometimes
if silence would be better
endless repetition often makes the meaning
but we persevere
with our circuitous linguistic patterning
of call and response

I said
we persevere don’t we

and we adjust through a long life
to all of each other’s various flaws
and foibles

you have to if you want to survive

I said
we get along all right
don’t we

© Frank Prem, 2010


10 thoughts on “getting on (I said getting on)

  1. Oh well done – and what flavour and essence captured here – the words, cleverly not repetitive, work wonders in creating the pattern and repeat – totally brilliant Frank!

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