Words Are Good for Things, like Cars and Trees

Music: Galiardo Secundo Mris Marye Brownlo.
By William Byrd. Performed by
John Sankey.

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Words are good for things, like cars and trees,
But when it comes to feelings, they're like trying
To wrap a waterfall or sign a breeze,
Or tell someone a whole truth without lying.
I would tell you how I feel with signs:
Like how I look at you or how I touch,
Or how I fit my dreams to your designs,
Making one bright world--and then, how much.
The truth is not in words or even deeds:
It's far too subtle to be seen or heard.
It's in the garden that supplies one's needs,
Too various for any act or word.
Words are like the scent of rich perfume:
They indicate a presence in the room.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon. Free for personal or non-commercial use.

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