You didn’t hear what I said!
Her voice dripped with exasperation.
I heard what you said.
His words spit out impatiently.
What did I say, then?
Her exasperation frosted with sprinkles of anger.
What you always say, that I didn’t hear what you said.
His voice now laced with complementary anger.
What did I say, before that?
Before I said you didn’t hear me!
Her anger rising into the realm of sorrow.
Words spill quietly, tears of anguish.
You said you’re unhappy, but I can’t see why.
He turns back to his reading.
Clothes himself in the armor of silence.
She raises her white flag, words of surrender.
I was wrong, you heard me.
But you didn’t listen.
©Martha Hurwitz, 8/6/20