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A Haiku - Understanding

Updated on August 22, 2015

It's not a question of semantics....

I can only understand the understandable.
I can only understand the understandable. | Source

I want to understand; I truly do.

To be understood,

Understanding is best shared.

Life's dance takes two still.


© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      rebeccamealey - You and I are still on here two years later! Hurrah!

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      Rebecca Mealey 6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This little Haiku speaks volumes. Understanding is a huge concept and your lines say it well! I vote up and beautiful!

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: "...without words..." is great but listening carefully to all that words and gestures say is so important to any relationship. Most relationships fail because of poor communication (and therefor poor understanding.) The friend you cited was not an empathetic listener, in fact an obviously poor listener and, as a result, an inadequate friend. "A wise old owl sat in an oak. The more he heard, the less he spoke. The less he spoke, the more he heard. Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?" How many "love matches" could be permanent, if only couples would listen with empathy, and roll their tongues ten times before they answer, or before they speak without thinking in the first place!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. I have never really understood why people say I understand when they don't. Years back I needed someone's shoulder to lean on and I spoke to a close friend explaining to them about how bad I felt. My friend hugged me and said, "I understand." Two days later I had a feeling of dread and called my friend who now said, "How long have you been having this problem?" Therefore I'm glad that my husband and I can understand each other even without words and we are able to waltz through life together.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Sueswan: In my time frame you are "the midnight traveler!" It is always good to hear from you and see your voting clicks. Have a productive week.

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Persypcacious

      "Life's dance takes two still."

      It certainly does when it comes to understanding.

      Voted up and away!

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      Perspycacious 6 years ago

      picklesandrufus: The important thing is that the understanding be a shared one, as long as past hurts get resolved and aren't interjected in some new effort at resolving any newer issue for which understanding is sought.

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      picklesandrufus 6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Spot on, as always. Taking the time to understand another is vital in any relationship.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ImKarn23: The cha cha is a great dance step, but I like your definition of "Life's dance" being a waltz best done together with understanding.

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      Demas W Jasper 6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Hyphenbird: If, as I do, we presume that the creation of Eve had the purpose the scriptures state, namely "It is not good that man should be alone....", then we can also accept that he shared with her the commandment about the one tree they were not to eat from (she added that she knew, presumably from Adam, that she was not even to touch it. In acting without sharing for better understanding with Adam, she started our "dance of life" and here we all are. I heartily agree that when couples reserve to themselves some things that they don't share, evil persists. Surely Gingrich's proposal of "an open marriage" was not the kind I am defining here. To me, having learned the hard way, "open" means nothing hidden. Getting a church annulment because a wife he legally divorced had been previously married and divorced, to me just adds to a sense of deviousness on his part. Communication is essential to understanding, and understanding is a key component to a lasting love.

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      Karen Silverman 6 years ago

      So true, P! It's difficult to waltz thru life alone! Wise, and succinct as always!

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yes, it does and always shall. Understanding kept secretedinside transforms into something not even the holder can keep alive. I like this poem. It truly could become a meditation piece.