nothing in common

you ask why I love you
& I answer, because
of how you love

the way you bring it
to me
with such tenderness
& singularity

a word I once used
to describe my own
offering of self to you;
not so much a feeling
as an action,
a commitment

you now look at me,
puzzled,
when I say
the only things we have in common

are you, your addiction
& my response to it
which is its own sickness
if I stay
& that can never be enough

you ask for a translation

like we speak different languages
made of the same words

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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30 Responses to nothing in common

  1. Rhonda says:

    Oh susan…

  2. Kyle says:

    different languages made of the same words? oh that really spoke to me susan – thank you

  3. Susan Susan Susan. This was let’s just say – Human translation of emotions!

  4. doncarroll says:

    If I could only speak Spanish…..*L*. Great piece here. Can’t see anything underneath in this one.

  5. Powerful and well-crafted. Thank you for sharing!

  6. nelle says:

    Yes. Whew. After passage through divorce after 24 years of marriage and 27.5 in the relationship, even though addiction wasn’t a factor, it nonetheless resonates in sensitive places.

    • Yes, a tough place to be, but necessary. I think this speaks to the place we get to when we realize that in order to live authentically and as healthily as we can, we sometimes have to cause and experience pain as the cost for it.

  7. I love your blog!! I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger award!!
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    • Awww, thanks so much! Appreciated. I humbly & blushingly (new words are made in the morning, before coffee) accept….You are too kind & thanks for the support.

  8. Pieces of Dylan’s “Don’t think twice, its alright” kept coming back to me as I read this poem.
    This, Susan
    “like we speak different languages
    made of the same words”
    is so powerful as it so strongly starkly presents the breakdown in communciation!

  9. Ian Moone says:

    Very very nice Susan, a great read

  10. Deborah Avila says:

    I understand and most can nod and empathize~ exceptionally written! ~Deborah

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