Lingual Diversity

Lingual Diversity

By Carl Palmer.

We share the bench
at a neighborhood park,
watch children play.

He says something,
points toward a running, laughing boy,
probably his son,
about the same age as my daughter,
also running and laughing.

I point toward my little girl,
say the same thing in English
he most likely said in German.

Like our children’s laughter
we require no translation.


CARL “PAPA” PALMER of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway VA now lives in University Place WA. He has a 2015 contest winning poem riding buses somewhere in Seattle. Carl is a Pushcart Prize and Micro Award nominee. MOTTO: Long Weekends Forever.

Photo credit: Bench by Pavlin Petkov via Flickr CC.

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