Inspired by the discussion on relationships in July and the emphasis on communication, this poem draws on our struggle to effectively communicate and how essential effective communication is for healthy relationships.
You talk to me,
I talk to you;
Sharing our thoughts,
Engaging in healthy discussion,
That is what communication,
Good communication, should be.
Somehow, we’ve lost it,
Unable to communicate productively
With each other;
Breakdowns leading to problems,
And worst of all,
Our inability to communicate
Makes our relationships vulnerable,
Open to shots of assumption,
Bombs of misunderstanding,
And attacks from outsiders
Constantly looking in.
Embracing the technological
Rather than the physical,
Trying to solve domestics through DMs,
Airing dirty laundry on the TL,
When you should be looking into the eyes
Of the other,
Listening to the sound of their voice,
Coming from the movement of their lips,
Communicating the way
Nature intended it to be.
Too much time spent
Communicating with emojis,
Not enough time spent
Communicating with words from a dictionary.
Struggling to hold a conversation
Has become a regular thing,
A sense of maturity,
Making interactions boring.
It’s time to step up our communication,
Develop healthier relationships,
Spend more listening,
Less time yapping
And stop being so selfish;
Give more care to each,
Maturely talk through your mess,
But most importantly,
Peel your eyes away from that bright screen
To focus more on your loved one’s face.