June 26, 2018


Conversationally Challenged


all my conversations are uni-directional

they can talk to me and I respond

pay attention, try to understand

what theyre trying to say

try to show I care about what is said

but strangeness happens on the other side

words leave my mouth

travel through the space between

apparently reach their destination

but after the blank stares

or suddenly turned backs

I think something might be missing

I think my speech as good as any others

but perhaps it isnt

maybe theres something wrong with it

makes the others pay less attention

to me

than the average human deserves

either that, or …



but that other doesnt bear thought

that road would end in blackness


Conversationally Challenged
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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