Language is a Bridge

on arable land
a receptive plant blossoms and
flowers with heart smile
their language a linking bridge
for the young to see sun rise

For Midweek Motif, bridge, at Poets United.

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. Oh gosh this is beyond beautiful, Khaya! ❤️ I love the idea of; “flowers with heart smile their language a linking bridge.” 😀

  2. Great picture! It reminds me of my childhood playing in such setting more than 70 years ago. Bridges over water always seem to be attractive and inviting (when this small), Beautiful poem Khaya.

  3. I love everything about your poem~ Wondrous!
    We need words to equal that sun rise~

  4. I just thought about the comment I left on your last post, and how handing my kids books by my favorite authors builds a similar sort of bridge. Yeah, quiet reading time is great, but I love having conversations with the kids about what they think and feel about what they are reading. It takes work to make that land receptive to the seeds you sow, but it’s so worth it.

  5. Even the language “Let’s stop and look” would make a bridge, would make everything so much more receptive. Powerful writing.

  6. I love the idea of a natural language, one that helps us get closer and understand each other even if we don’t share the same words, one that makes us smile brightly because we see the happiness of another…

  7. I believe books make for a meaningful bridge with anyone, and to have that conversation with your kids is just awesome. I also think one can learn a lot about children through the books they read, that is, why they choose to read them, how those books influence or change their worldview, etc. And yes, I agree it takes time to cultivate that kind of receptiveness, more so that computer games have taken over. Of course, if you are a geek yourself, you can go that route too as there are brilliant narratives in video games as well. 😀

  8. ‘Tis a bridge I like to walk across often, the bridge of language.

  9. That is a beautiful poem. Language certainly can be a bridge. I’ve been learning that as I’ve been teaching myself some languages associated with my DNA results recently.

  10. Ah, DNA results do open up new worlds, don’t they! Kudos to you for learning more languages. You’ll have abundance of bridges to explore. 🙂

  11. Of course. Finding about my mom’s side of the family with how many African ethnic groups were there was amazing! I’m doing my best learning them. Do you know any additional languages?

  12. English is my main one, but I took Japanese classes when I was in high school and I’ve been teaching myself Lingala recently. 7 languages? Wow! Even being fluent in 4 would still make you a polyglot.

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