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The Wordless language

July 22, 2013
By thatunknownthing DIAMOND, Dubai, Other
thatunknownthing DIAMOND, Dubai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why they call it the present"


Theirs, to me, is the most scintillating language
The one without words
Without voices or verse, just
Meaning- a cosmos of it, I can see
In their naïve smiling eyes, their baby fingers, their
Ebullient “oohs” and “mmphs” and gurgles,
Their springy laughter that leaves echoing
In my ears, an intricate array of reminiscences
On the unexplained enigma of
A lost childhood; of the complex beings
They’re fated to reduce to,
Of the most familiar language I once knew
But never learnt - stupid me -
The unparalleled beauty of simplicity, sans
The scholarly sense and sensibility that men worship
And of the tacit expressions they conduct so robustly
Without speech or learning,
Filling me with their contagious emotions
Immediately as I come in its contact.

Man’s emotions are complicated, that’s perhaps why
They’re so compatible with the simple sound of innocence.


The author's comments:
This struck me looking at two babies of completely different cultures blabbering something to each other from their prams and both smiling and nodding as if they understood. by the time their mothers finished their grocery shopping, they had become good friends.

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on Nov. 4 2017 at 10:49 pm
thatunknownthing DIAMOND, Dubai, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why they call it the present"

Thank you Saphira! Even though we've both graduated from TeenInk, looking back at your words of encouragement and consistent support of my writing, I still feel so happy that I existed here the same time as you so that I got to know you through your beautiful Dragon name on this portal and read some of your incredible writing as well. Cheers friend!

on Sep. 5 2013 at 1:29 pm
SaphiraBrightscales DIAMOND, Islamabad, Other
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Favorite Quote:
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou
When i was little/I used to point a chubby finger toward the dark sky/And ask my father/why some stars moved and others didn’t/He would laugh and explain that some were airplanes/I still wish on them today ~ Laugh-It-Out
The feathers of a crow are black/The ink of my pen is blacker/The pain of my heart is blackest~ Mckay
If love produced a blossom/I’d take it in my palm/What a blessing, the bright color!/How soothing, such a balm!/I’d keep a petal for my own/The rest, drop from my hands/For such a flower would multiply/And populate the lands~ thesilentraven
And I began to rival legends/Long entombed before my birth./But for all my much envied fame/The lust for more would not abate./The plaques and prizes with my name/Will, like all things, disintegrate. ~ TheEpic95 now known as Helena_Noel

hey unknown! I am so amazed and impressed with how you find inspiration in things and small moments where many people rarely ever pay any mind. That is kind of the most beautiful thing about your poetry. The unique-ness of inspiration.  Coming to how much I liked this. Well *THAT* much. I love your vocab even more now. And you use words in the most perfect places and manner something I oftentimes fail to grasp. ah, well.... I'm a work in progress.  Secondly I love the way you started with babies' talk and linked it to human sentiment and the description of the baby talk was simply adorable. :)

on Aug. 29 2013 at 6:44 am
thatunknownthing DIAMOND, Dubai, Other
67 articles 0 photos 211 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift; that's why they call it the present"

haha, thanks! 

on Jul. 28 2013 at 5:30 pm
nelehjr DIAMOND, Lingle, Wyoming
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Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.

I love how you drew inspiration from two babies. Me, personally, I would have looked at them and just squeed.