the few


I reread your poems this morning

after my class on the language I’m

learning—the one that’s spreading

in my chest because of you.

I still have 


few words, but the few I do have are 

so big and beautiful that I keep nearly

forgetting to exhale as they descend

upon me, clinging and gnawing on my

flesh until I ask them to hold me tight

and hum me to sleep. They do.

They wait for me to wake up.

I wait too.


I have few words, and where

they’re taking me, I’m no longer sure.

I reread your poems this morning.

I understood more than last time

and because of that, I think 

I know less.

  • Author: willowthewisp (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 7th, 2023 00:50
  • Comment from author about the poem: on learning a language, and finding that the words mean a lot more than just their translations
  • Category: Reflection
  • Views: 14
  • User favorite of this poem: Rocky Lagou.


  • Christina8

    Wonderful write! Very descriptive. Great job!

    • willowthewisp

      That really means a lot, thank you so much!

    • Rocky Lagou

      This is literally one of the best poems I've read in a while!
      You're subtle eloquence and grace is so captivating.
      Also, the topic is so dear to me: friendships, more specifically, poetic friendships

      • willowthewisp

        aaaaaaaaa thank you thank you thank you! Poetic friendships are really really such a special thing and I am very glad it resonated with you as well:)

      • Neville

        what a wonderful pen you have ma'am .. and what a splendid poem you have posted here as a gift for all of us to enjoy ... oh' and thank you for liking my recent scribble too .. Neville 🙂

        • willowthewisp

          Thank you, it makes me very happy that you enjoy my poetry! And I liked your recent scribble because I liked it very much…the whales really spoke to me, I think🙂

          • Neville

            we have ourselves a win win now we an have a whale of a time 🙂

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