7 November: Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation (reading time: 1 minute)

A letter arrived.
Every house on the street had one.
Through the letter slot, it fell
to the floor. Waiting for us.

So we all gathered over a table
layed with tea cups and cakes,
and we brought our letters
with us to compare.

Some thought they were written in
a language of blood and speech.

One woman said it gave her an icy neck.
The old widow wants a chain for her door.

The man next door wants to put his
letter in a bottle, throw it in the sea.

Someone said the sea’ll refuse it,
and throw it straight back.

Someone mentioned invasion,
and everyone said tut.tut.tut

A man nobody knew said his letter
smelled like baked beans, having
forgotten that was his lunch.

Those letters left us feeling fragile,
like icebergs falling apart.

A mystery those letters, written
in a Cyrillic script, and no one
knew what their letter said.

for November’s Visual Verse image, Writers’ Digest NovPAD Day 7: Adapt. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting on Twitter. The AI image with Cyrillic script was created using MJ v4.alpha.

5 responses to “7 November: Lost in Translation”

  1. I love all the different reactions. I wrote one for this image too. I tried a villanelle. I haven’t posted it on the blog. I suppose I should. I can’t even remember what I called it when I submitted to VV.

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    1. The version that I submitted to VV needed a lot of work, and I doubt it will get published. My head wasn’t in the right place when I wrote it last week.

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      1. Hmm. I will revisit my villanelle. I don’t think it was great either.


      2. The imagery is spot on! ❤️


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