The Trouble with our Language


The trouble with our language is that it is a double-edged sword. For example, saying “Please” sweetly communicates a request. Change the tone of your voice, and you could easily communicate a veiled threat.

Maybe that’s what prompted Nayyirah to compose this short poem.

can we speak in flowers.

it will be easier for me to understand.

from the book Salt by Nayyirah Waheed

I have just started reading this book. Let me dig my teeth nice and proper into the book, and then I will share some more poems.