the power of human creation

hits me hard

with the realisation

that the precise combination

of the sounds escaping their mouths;

the strange enunciations

have words



and sense

attached to them.

whereas to me

they are devoid of all that.

to me

they’re just sounds.

This poem came into being on 1st January 2018 when I was in Dubai with my family.

While hearing the locals talk in Arabic, it dawned on me, almost like magic, that to converse in a particular language we merely create a series of sounds with our mouths. It is beautiful how the other person successfully understands (in most situations) exactly what we want to say. A single syllabic sound, if produced differently, will alter the entire meaning.

And while one particular series can be understood by one man, a different one will make sense to another.

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Image credit: A picture of yours truly clicked by my brother while on a trip to the desert in Dubai.


95 Replies to “language”

  1. Lovely pic and such truth in what you write — the miracle of human communities…also the same language and same words end up having different meanings or as you say emotions associated with them in different places or communities. It is fascinating — thanks so much for sharing this Shreya. 🙂

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    1. You have no idea, Parikhit how often i think about that.
      Sometimes I think it might’ve been better. Because generally words cause more hurt than intended.
      But then again i think of people like you and me who try everyday to use words to heal.
      And that’s when I fall in love with words all over again.
      What are your views? I’d really like to hear them!

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      1. Absolutely. Although words can cause so much pain, for once uttered they cannot be taken back, words have the power to heal, to shine light upon any predicament and well if we didn’t have words people like us would be a frustrated lot!

        I have always told others that I have nothing to offer, accept words much like the song, ‘and words are all I have to take your heart away’.


  2. A great piece! I love pondering on thoughts like this… because language is arbitrary and yet it’s so much more… and you’ve managed to capture that very eloquently! Hope you’ve been well, my friend! 😊💜 ~Kelsey

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    1. Aah, I’m so happy to see this wonderful comment!
      It’s pure joy when someone understands the thought process that went into writing a few lines of poetry.
      I am humbled, dear Kelsey!
      I’ve been good, yes. Hope all’s super with you❤️🌸

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