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An Unanswered Question



An Unanswered Question

If I had been the lone survivor
Of my Tansmanian tribe,
The only person in the world
To speak my language
(as she was),

If I had known and believed that
(for who can believe
in an exhaustible language),
and if I had been shipped
to London, to be exhibited
in a cage (as she was)
to entertain the curious
who go to museums and zoos

and if among all those people
staring and pointing and laughing
and making their meaningless sounds
there had been one thoughtful face,
a woman’s, say, sympathetic,

who might have instinctively understood
the one word I could not let die,
the indispensable word
I must pass through the bars
Of mutual incomprehension

What word would it have been?


- Lisel Mueller



Poll #1059970 An Unanswered Question

If you were the last person to speak your language and were placed behind bars for people to stare at, and you had one chance to let one word live from your language, what world would it be?

On a scale of 1-5, rate this poem (5 being an extremely good poem and 1 obviously not liking it at all)

Mean: 3.81 Median: 4 Std. Dev 0.68
1
0(0.0%)
2
1(3.8%)
3
6(23.1%)
4
16(61.5%)
5
3(11.5%)

I...

Searched my mind for a while until I discover what word of my language I couldn’t let die if I were in a similar situation
16(66.7%)
Searched my mind for a while, trying to discover what word of my language I couldn’t let die, but eventually never came up with an answer
3(12.5%)
Let it remain unanswered.
1(4.2%)
Did absolutely nothing because I don’t care
0(0.0%)
Didn't even think about it, I would just decide upon my favorite word
4(16.7%)

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