paper – d’Verse prompt: Quadrille

Papier ist geduldig‘ – a German saying – meaning: What you write does not necessarily show true feelings or identity, you might even be making something up. I ask this House to dismiss the notion – what you write shows deeper truths than you will ever know.

~ by Barbara S on March 21, 2022.

20 Responses to “paper – d’Verse prompt: Quadrille”

  1. I think it’s harder to lie on paper than it is if you say it out loud

  2. Poignant, and true. I’ve always always been better on paper than out loud.

  3. Interesting. I’m not sure.

  4. Everybody is selling something, it’s just that some things are less benevolent than others.

    • selling? now I am even less sure.

      • I look at our point of view as being promoted through words and if we are guileless it’s about as clear as it gets. Of course, many turn words to their own hidden agenda. That’s where I see that phrase coming in.

      • I can’t disagree – it just so happens that I am at odds with myself tonight having been rather harsh towards a woman half my age who I felt was selling herself so well it made me feel sick and I d not hold back… now I don’t like myself and that colours everything…

      • 😦 sorry to hear about all of what you just described, Barbara. Hope it works itself out in a way that everyone “wins.”

      • yup, thanks

  5. I think this is true of poetry, at least…

  6. Agreed….yes

  7. Agree.

  8. Very philosophical, Barbara πŸ™‚


  9. On paper
    Origami tongue
    Flat out lies

    Thanks, Barbara, for your earlier invitation to “jump in with both feet,” hope it extends to just a toe. πŸ™‚ Your English Quadrille nicely extracts deeper meaning from written words than the German saying suggests they may possess. I think it speaks for a highly perceptive speaker of the House.

    • thanks I think Cog – I thought German was the language or depth? πŸ˜‰ I remember that phrase mainly being used for say politicians’ autobiographies and such like and yes, I play with it πŸ™‚

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