Communication Theory

I  Unexplained
The conversation can begin
only after all the hellos,
a slow movement of the hand,
a slight shift in eyebrow,
a glint in the eye.
What with all these affectations
of speech to learn,
is it no wonder the length
of time it takes to talk
becomes an obstacle to thought?
II Yet it happens
Words click together,
blocks in the hands of a child.
The language is the construct.
Theory is superfluous;
words click together,
a mason builds a city.
(Circa 1993-1995, from “If This is a Comedy, They Why Aren’t We Laughing”)

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