Ideas slither twixt us in our grip,
Which separates me from your own position
But cleaves us: both adhering – and in rip.
Inflection, too, might cast a word adrift,
Its timbre, if strident, clangs on sounding board
And nudge a gentle meaning sideways shift,
Munificent intent, turned grating chord.
Try then for meaning resolute and clear
Whose purpose none should therefore contradict.
Yet badly spoken words in off-guard ear
Considered later, leave the listener tricked.
Will silence then between us great truths speak?
Or murmured sigh, cool breath on flaming cheek.