Speaking in Signs
Fingers skewed into exclamations,
thumbs jerking questions,
thrusting forearms moving hands to interrupt–
signs are the ballet of languages.
Graceful syllables fall
from the ovals of fingernails.
Joints flex with exaggeration.
No division of dialect or prejudice of accent–
all voices are imagined the same.
What parts of the mind unknown by tongue,
might express themselves in gesture?
Surely these graceful movements
of words expressed in images and signs
create a language that weds all art–
the music and dance and mime of hands
The Prompt: Take That, Rosetta–If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be?
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