rhetorical

rhetorical

A Poem by Lydia


artwork by christiane vleugels "zhivopis"




you say it is a rhetorical question
but the truth is i need to know the answer
my mind tries to find it
swinging up, down, all around
like a mechanical arm
possible answers flowing
like water through a fountain
up, down, back again
the laws of physics be damned
i think i know the answer
but the words coat my tongue 
like chocolate syrup on a spoon
my brain will not allow me to give them a voice
frustrating
warm breath is all that leaves my lips
yea, i know you said it is a rhetorical question
but now i've made it my life's mission to find the answer

© 2019 Lydia


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very unnvervingly relatable. i must confess that rhetorical questions have always bothered me, very unsettling as they are leaving me uncomfortable. any unnecessary rhetoric for that matter. we just want to cut to the chase and get to the heart of the matter/truth. unexpectedly off the beaten path. but sometimes we discover other things about ourselves while we're waiting for an answer or solidifying our own thoughts on a matter. now you've got me wanting the answers to an awful lot of questions. maybe someday when i'm ready. good stuff Lydi ... :)

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

So glad you could relate, Pete....it is unnerving, absolutely. We may never know the answers. Than.. read more



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Your tangled account of how some people play with another person's head, using rhetoric or satire or being flippant to avoid honest gut-level expression -- this is my childhood family. I love how you use a bunch of imaginative imagery to show how topsy-turvy it can feel when seemingly in a tussle of words with someone who doesn't intend to be forthright! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Lydia

1 Month Ago

Thanks for understanding, Margie! I always appreciate your reviews. Lydi**
Amazing use of words and thoughts dear Lydia.
"the laws of physics be damned
i think i know the answer
but the words coat my tongue
like chocolate syrup on a spoon"
Chocolate syrup on a spoon. Always a sweet temptation. Thank you for sharing the amazing poetry.
Coyote

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Lydia

1 Month Ago

John, you sure have read a lot of my words tonight. Thank you once again, my friend. Lydi**
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Was my pleasure and you are welcome dear Lydia.
Beautifully written and so much left to the imagination of the reader. Nicely done. ~Jim

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

Thanks a lot, Jim. Hope things are going well for you. Lydi**
Interesting theme you've pulled together! Is there really such a thing as a "rhetorical" question?!
T

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

:) is that a rhetorical question? Thanks for the visit. Lydi**
A wonderful existential and yet romantic write. What is the answer to living indeed; I am still looking for the right question:)

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

Thanks so much, Pryde. Lydi**
A poetic perusal, beating about and around the bush can be frustrating when all we desire is a straightforward answer!

Marvellous metaphor and imagery my friend!


Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

Thanks so much, Tom. Lydi**
Your poem made me ask the question why we ask rhetorical questions, and I propose such questions reveal more truth about the person asking than anyone. Perhaps we want others to validate us, our opinions, our perspectives, etc.? I think only the person asking such questions can know the answers, and maybe that's the mission you reference in your last line. We seem to travel life's path seeking validation for everything we experience. A truly enjoyable work, especially with artwork.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

You are so right. When one asks a rhetorical question, one is usually just seeking approval or vali.. read more
Your conceptual thinking is wisely worded. I liked the line about your words coating your tongue like chocolate syrup on a spoon, your brain never allowing you to give them a voice. No questions to decipher here. Great flow!

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

Thanks so much, Kelly! Lydi**
Probably why that great phrase is always used. 'The truth is out there'
The answer is just round the corner. Some answers you just never get to know, the genie stays locked in the box.

Posted 2 Months Ago


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Lydia

2 Months Ago

How true, Paul. Thanks so much for the review. Lydi*

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