To be misunderstood can be the writer’s punishment for having disturbed the reader’s peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.
if I whisper words
will you hear them?
if I fashion them
will you understand what I am truly saying?
I have bled into every word
I have saved tears and tucked them into the corner
of every picture that I hand you
I tell stories, speaking softly and slowly
in order to mitigate the drama
because the drama ruffles your feathers
and stops up your ears
so I stop talking
But the stories rumble
and my bleeding heart is impatient
with my whispering concerns over reception
it circles and
until bars bend
and all runs free
I howl and claw
and no longer give a damn if you speak Italian or French
~ Betsy Cañas Garmon