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Updated on December 19, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

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I was going through some old files on my computer and I came across some old poems and lyrics I'd written (by old, I mean between 2005 and 2009). The context of most of these is the dissolution of my first marriage and the rebuilding of my life and reentering the dating world. Looking back, they provide an interesting perspective to me. I thought I'd revise some and post them here. Some of them I found to be surprisingly good, considering I wasn't as knowledgeable and skilled about my craft as I am now. This is one I really enjoyed, and just tweaked a little. thanks for reading!

Foreign


If I spoke in the tongues of

a thousand different men

Would you still need an interpreter?

Because this language barrier

Makes it so hard to find you.

Even with unfiltered ears

you can't comprehend what I say.

If I gave you a book of

all the words I wrote

Would I find it dog-eared and pen marked?

Has apathy torn apart

communication once shared?

Even with unfiltered ears

you can't comprehend what I mean.





all rights reserved. Copyright Justin W. Price Nov 27th 2011

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks, Aurelio. I appreciate your comment and interpretation

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I think your last two phrases says it all. Even if we could speak each other's languages, we would still miss-communicate because we are two different people. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for your comment, martinez. i do enjoy pretty things!

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      Vanessa Martinez Wilson 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      This is really pretty, thoughtful and sad all at the same time. It's definately telling when you go back and relive a certain moment in time.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      LOL at explorer.

      Thanks for reading Chan, and for following. Look forward to keeping in touch!

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      chanroth 5 years ago from California, USA

      So true! I can relate! :) I enjoy your writing very much! I hope to read more from you! :)

      *I gotta laugh at cloudExplorer comment!*

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      The language barrier has been broken with Google Translate, LOL. I love using technology today cause they seem to keep solving age old issues such as this one.

      Soon there will be a vocal translator built into all smart phones that can translate any language as the person speaks out the words into it, maybe the I-phone has an app for it already or one of them new Droids.

      Awesome hub PDX voted up on most levels.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      thank you caroline. I appreciate your comment!

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      I relate to this poem. Very well written.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you for reading, Newday

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      newday98033 5 years ago

      Very nice, thank you!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Veronica, thank you for saying so. I originally wrote this poem to be sung, not read on paper. Perhaps that's what I meant. :-)

      Sue, I agree. But it's still so frustrating! Thank you for reading and commenting!

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi PDX

      "If I spoke in the tongues of

      a thousand different men

      Would you still need an interpreter?"

      Probably because this person has made their mind up and refuses to listen or understand.

      Great poem.

      Voted up and awesome.

      Have a good evening.

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I love it. You thought that you weren't as "skilled" when you wrote this, but I care to differ!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thank you Cheryl!

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      The key to any relationship is communication and without that, well, it's all down hill from there. With this poem, you said a mouthful. :)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Penny, thanks for your comment. I got them both!

      Gypsy- thanks so much. I'm glad.

      Amy- thank you very much. Communication is key!

      Amber- thank you very much. I made a few tweaks to streamline it, but it's largely intact. thanks for reading!

      Always- thank you. very much appreciated!

      Thanks all for reading and commenting!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I hate it when someone stares at me with a blank look when i'm trying to say something that i feel good about. It's a fact, when two people are not on the same page, the togetherness goes, ' Slip sliding away ' Love that song. Loved your poetry too....

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      Amber Allen 5 years ago

      Hi Justin

      When a relationship breaks down, the communication between you, that bound you together disappears, leaving the chasm that your poem so accurately portrays.

      This piece has stood the test of time well.

      Amber:)

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      No matter who the participants, it is the inability to listen to one another when love stops that makes going on unfathomable. It takes the effort, inspired by caring, to hear, listen, and understand another. You write at the heart of the matter.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Love this one! Can relate.

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      I thought I commented to this one... must have got lost in cyberspace. Awesome poem so true.

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      pennyofheaven 5 years ago from New Zealand

      So very true. Awesome poem! Thanks

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      ya, it's crazy. Why can't everyone understand what's in MY brain???? :-)

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      raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      i couldn't agree more...what with the falling of the tower of Babel after which the people spoke in different languages...sigh...