Things Half Said

Looking back
over everything
I committed to the page
There seems to be gap
between the truth
of what was felt
and what’s recorded

The words came
while I was still
questioning the validity
yet, what I
then went on to feel
was always with such certainty

There is a space
There is a space between
you and me
filled with things
half said

Sifting through the sketches
of painted scenes
I tried to show
There are great swathes
of missing detail
I deemed too complicated

My vocabulary
was much too meagre
to convey
with any accuracy
and what I left
scratched for all time
was never entirely honest

There is a space
me and you
the story and plot
filled with things half said

Will I ever be skilled enough
to tell my story, completely
Will I ever have the talent
to fill that space
with something other
than things half said…


Thanks for reading.

Published by

Tom Alexander

"Art is a lie that tells the truth"

18 thoughts on “Things Half Said”

    1. 😄 That made me smile. I think each year we get so much better at telling our stories. The next one will be so richly drawn. Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for reading and commenting, as ever.

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    1. Thanks Chris, glad you enjoyed. I used to be so frustrated that all poems were written out of confusion and questioning; but really it was writing them that helped me get my thoughts straight. I’m so grateful for writing, it’s the best therapy (in my opinion). Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks Hobbo! I always like to reflect on the year around about now. Thanks for all your kind words and support this year – and for all your posts too. I’ve thoroughly been enjoying your writing and musings. Happy New Year!

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    1. Our imagination is fired in the space between what’s said and what’s meant… To dreamers, there’s no more fertile place to dwell. Happy New Year Kim! 🙂

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    1. Every year we improve though! Next year we’ll be even better equipped to tell those stories and fill in the detail. Happy New Year! 🙂


    1. Ah thank you 🙏 So kind. Let’s hope 2021 treats us a little more generously, or failing that we find a way to make the most of what comes along. Pub pints soon, right? 😊👍🍻 Happy new year!

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