Speaking in Signs


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
sculpting  poetry.

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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8 thoughts on “Speaking in Signs

  1. indianmacgyver

    “signs are the ballet of languages.” is a lovely image. and one i might loosely borrow as i often speak with my hands 😉

    “no division of dialect or prejudice of accent” leaves me slightly sad. i get your point but i love the sound of an accent. it holds so much excitement of potential discovery, newness.


  2. Laarni

    This is lovely. I should learn sign language – I can only do the ABCs and I feel bad because my cousin has to wait a long time just for me to ask him how he’s doing.

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