11 May 2004
The English Ambiguity
What difference between lying and lying
Is there than on a couch and to a friend?
What difference between trying and trying
Is there than as a judge and to contend?
Doesnít die and day sound so close to say
That one, in an instant, may soon perish?
Donít height and fight serve as measures today,
Sounding so close, of what we should cherish?
Languish and language? Another close match!
Our vocabulary we canít ignore.
The difference between to hatch and a latch Ė
As new things come, we tend to close the door.
Bend or mend? Hardly the difference we know
Between whatís fixing and whatís destroying.
Oh and owe Ė the words this time clearly show
How forgetfulness becomes annoying.
Awesome and awful Ė again the words play,
Divulging the truths of moderation.
Do not rose and rose sound the same to say
That those standing receive a carnation?
English language, the ambiguous beast,
Leaves one guessing what it means to convey.
Yet, for those who are poets, itís a feast
Of hidden meanings with which they can play.