What would happen if we were to actually put a dot
After each spoken sentence, thinking of punctuation
That grammarians stress on- to pause, and make meaning complete.
Our speech would be slow, meaningless, deadened
Until we shrunk into a silence…. Ah no more corrections!!! No more indeed!
No more rebellions would there be! No more storming in fury!
Imagine a world without speech!
Our tongues would lose all flexibility.
A comma can be equally intruding, imagine you were to draw it in air
When your friend spoke, his words would dwindle, fade into stillness,
A solitude only woods understood, child- like, he’d become
His eyes rounding with intimidation,
And mouth his would gape open wide, until an insect stole inside.
Only thoughts would exist, and if we’d punctuate them
They’d buzz like bees, and puncture the pin drop silence,
And then all tongues would try stretching out in all directions
And break into unknown sound… Gibberish
Like sounds in Tower of Babel…Lord have mercy!
Imagine the cacophony!
© Batool Idrish Siamwala
Picture courtesy: Ronnie Neville
Tower of Babel: from the Bible, a place where people could not communicate because they spoke new languages