When Words Fail…

Over at dVerse, Brian Miller is asking us to think of times when words have failed us.  In thinking of times when I have been without words, there have been times when I have been speechless because I’ve seen something indescribably beautiful, or have had a powerful emotional experience.  There have also been those times when I just haven’t known what to say…

There are those times
when I struggle
to find the right words…
…words of comfort
for those whom I love…
…for those who are hurting
due to the loss of someone
that they love.

I stand there…
awkwardly thinking:

I wish I could
take away the pain,
but I can’t think of
a single thing to say
that would help…nothing
that doesn’t sound trivial
or patronizing

and so…I stand there
awkwardly wondering:

why, when a heart
is breaking, can’t I
think of a single thing to say?

Perhaps my inability
to find any words
is God’s silent way of saying

Hush.
Your words
are not
what are needed
right
now

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12 thoughts on “When Words Fail…

  1. true…there is probably much comfort beyond what our words could…
    but you captured me perfect in that moment from my poem…
    i just couldn’t say anything…

  2. sometimes there’s no need for words but it’s just important to be there and carry the other… made me think ob job a bit when his friends just sat with him wordless… it turned worse when they started talking…just saying…smiiles

  3. I could relate so much to this poem – I often find myself at a loss for words, especially when someone is going through a painful experience. It is very awkward…

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