Friday, November 24, 2006

In the White Spaces

Some people look in the white spaces and see what someone meant to say. Some see the white spaces and hear only what they would have said. Some don’t even try, if the message is not in the exact of the black type, they’ll say it was said. They will deny it was intended.

I’ve met a few people who argue that words I chose were the wrong words for what I wanted to convey. They would tear at the fabric and threads of an idea or a feeling, as if they wanted to win something. If my message got through, then my words must have done the job that I had set out for them to do. How do they manage the contradiction?

If I listen with a heart open and willing, I can hear in white space between the words everything another person isn’t saying.
−me strauss Letting me be

8 comments:

Billy said...

yea

ME Strauss said...

thanks Billy!

Dawn said...

What I've noticed about people who argue with words is that they do it out of resistance. They resist the feelings that the words might surface, or the truth that they convey.

It really is about listening with an open and willing heart, isn't it. . .

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dawn,
People who can't wear purple jackets sometimes have to pick at words. People who can never seem mind if the words aren't perfectly right. That's a pattern I've noticed. I wonder whether you've had the same experience? :)

dsnake1 said...

good post, Liz!
wonder why some people must have their own way.

p.s. for me, white spaces in my poetry means a pause before reading the next words. wonder if my readers know about this, ..:)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dsnake,
I wonder if your readers would agree with you that's what the white means. . . . They might tell you you're wrong. :)

dsnake1 said...

hehe, they may think i use the spaces for fun! :D

but i think white space is a tool in poetry writing. :)

ME Strauss said...

Yeah, I know, but some won't. :)