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Bridging the Gaps

All talk a lot like wild birds on branches
Taking every chance to say their say
Sometimes there’s a gleam of advances
But most of the time it’s just a delay

This talking doesn’t bring us together
Cause comprehension is not really there
Even with words smooth like a feather
Mere speech doesn’t bring us no-where

Wrong examples, our leaders still set
By posturing just for appearance sake
Sometimes even saying they listen, yet
This is only to gain, so still they will fake.

To listen is ensuring the real understanding
Acknowledging what the others express
Only then the straight lines are bending
And the distance between all gets less.
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Submitted by ludy_b on April 26, 2021

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Ludy Bührs

The topics she writes about are very diverse, so are the poetry styles she applies. As a Dutch translator and poet, having lived in Cambodia's capital city Phnom Penh for 2.5 years, in 2008 she published "Op de ruïnes van een rijk" (On the Ruins of an Empire) ISBN 978-90-8834-483-1 with 60 poems based on her experiences there. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Accomplishment as one of The Best Poems and Poets of 2007 issued by poetry.com and the International Library of Poetry for her poem Choked Truth, her own translation of "Verstikte waarheid", one of the poems in the book. Born in 1956, she still works as an independent translator, translating from English into Dutch. more…

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  • Dougla$Irishman
    Thankyou Ludy, your resume is very impressive ! I apologize for my old age banter !
    LikeReplyReport 112 months ago
    • ludy_b
      You've given me a smile on my face! I wish you a lot of poetry pleasure!
      LikeReplyReport 112 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Constructive criticism should be taken in a good light ! I am a new writer at 87 years old and find poetry very interesting.. My favorite ' The Road not Taken" by Robert Frost. Yes just 4 verses but very powerful ! Cheers. 
    LikeReplyReport 112 months ago
    • ludy_b
      Taken in a good light, sir !
      LikeReplyReport12 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    Very good but only 4 verses, should have been at least two more ! Writing more will captures your audience ! I have written up to 10, makes it exciting.
    LikeReplyReport 112 months ago
    • ludy_b
      It's quality, not length what captures and excites, and not only in poetry ;-)
      LikeReplyReport12 months ago
  • UJ
    This made me think about our government. So much talk and so little action.
    LikeReplyReport 21 year ago
  • Adahniel
    So true just like letting levity help keep the insidious things of life at bay pulls us out of the jaws of infernal noose, that's how our understanding of people's opinion trigger peaceful existence amongst us as a people. 
    LikeReplyReport 21 year ago
  • Ctayrroolne
    Makes plenty of sense and I totally understand!
    LikeReplyReport 21 year ago
  • danmtz
    Beautiful and True.. I loved it.
    LikeReplyReport 11 year ago


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