Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Leather Tongues

Curious devices teach the young
and numb the mothers.

Fathers
gather
economies of scale.

Tales are often told
of the older and the better

by leather tongues long
disregarded.

For The Tuesday Platform at Real Toads

14 comments:

Vandana Sharma said...

The changing world and its perspectives

Susan said...

Many meanings to "leather tongues"! And all lash and numb at some level. Curiosities? or was it better? Or did it kill curiosity, bringing it down to scale?

Bekkie Sanchez said...

I didn't do this yet but love your idea! I am writing a similar poem in a different vein now it's not done yet. This is so true we are becoming dull!

Mama Zen said...

This has been subject to a fit of editing. I hope that it reads better, now.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

"by leather tongues long disregarded". So true.......we elders have gained our wisdom so painfully, but young people never want to listen, LOL.

brudberg said...

Is age really such a barrier?.. the image of those leather tongues is both strength but maybe just in vain.

Fireblossom said...

Say what?

Outlawyer said...

Somehow I feel like this is shoes talking--hard to walk in another's. k.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Fascinating, lyrical imagery. You never disappoint.

blueoran said...

There's true scale in that leather. Thay what?

SaraV said...

We disregard the leather tongues at our peril--sometimes they have pearls of wisdom... However, I definitely relate to this poem, both how I feel with my kids and my parents...a clever write

Kerry O'Connor said...

Such an innovative comparison! Sad that the voices of the elders are ignored by the youth.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

What a great set of images!

Herotomost said...

Wow, what a tactile image. Leather tongues. Guess they are better than pleather tongues...lol. Great writing MZ! I am ignored half of the time, but I think I deserve it....