By Yvette M Calleiro

The written word and I

Are cherished friends,

Embracing each other’s thoughts and emotions

Like kindred spirits,

Dancing on clouds.

Bosom buddies who gossip and giggle

And gasp at all the same moments.

She and I are equals,

More than that, really.

We are two parts of a whole,

Complementing and complimenting the other,

Perfect beings.

The spoken word and I

Skirt around each other’s social circles.

We stumble around awkward pauses,

Unable to pull the perfect word or phrase

From our filing cabinet of knowledge.

Ease and grace flee without a moment’s notice.

She is more skilled than I.

She whispers her intricately woven ideas into my mind,

But her delicate strength is no match for

The hills of anxiety and the mountains of insecurity

That obstruct her path to freedom.

Before her words can reach my tongue,

They unravel into shreds of confusion,

Left unspoken.

If only the written word and the spoken word

Could meet…

They would live in perfect harmony.

But alas…

It is not meant to be,

Neither willing to leave her domain,

Each content to dance alone,

And I…

I am stuck in the middle,

Pulled in both directions,

Reveling in the comfort of the written word,

Needing the spoken word to survive.

But still I dream

Of the day when my words will intermingle

And a new love affair can be born.


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About Shirley Harris-Slaughter

I love old buildings and history. That's why I ended up writing about the history that surrounded me all of my life - "Our Lady of Victory, the Saga of an African-American Catholic Community." Plus our church had closed and the school is torn down, so I felt it was imperative that we preserve the history or it would be lost forever.
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5 Responses to #RWISA #RRBC DAY 1 MEET YVETTE CALLEIRO @Calleirobooks!

  1. Wendy Scott says:

    Yvette M Calleiro is a multi-talented author – poems as well as novels – who knew?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Micki Peluso says:

    Reveling in the comfort of the written word,

    Needing the spoken word to survive.

    But still I dream

    Of the day when my words will intermingle

    And a new love affair can be born.

    Love the whole poem but especially he ending!! Have fun on your tour.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. karenringalls says:

    I agree with Rhani. I too wish I could write poetry so beautifully. Thank you for hosting Yvette today, Shirley.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Rhani D'Chae says:

    I wish I could write poetry as well as you do, Yvette. Shirley, it’s always such a pleasure dropping by your site. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Shirley Harris-Slaughter says:

      Thanks Rhani. You know you can always call this place your second home. I know Yvette appreciates you for stopping by.


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