Post-weekend Poetry 114: We Try In Our Meager Way by Salvatore Buttaci

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and fourteenth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and short story author Salvatore Buttaci.

We Try In Our Meager Way

Who can define love
when words were never enough
to say what moves the heart?
We try in our meager way
but still we fail.
Love is beyond words,
beyond letters strung
out to spell true feelings.
Love is visible
only in its silence.
Love is heard
only in its invisibility.
No definitions say True Love.
A look, eyes sparkling?
All hints and nothing more.


I asked Salvatore what prompted this piece and he said…

Language falls pitifully short when one attempts to define true love.

It certainly does. Thank you, Salvatore.


SalBlackShirtSalvatore Buttaci is an obsessive-compulsive writer whose work has appeared widely in publications that include New York Times, U. S. A. Today, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, Cats Magazine, The National Enquirer, Christian Science Monitor, A Word with You Press, and Six Sentences. He was the recipient of the $500 Cyber-wit Poetry Award in 2007. He was also one of the winners in the 2011 Franklin-Christoph Fine Writing Instrument Poetry Contest.

A former English professor at a local community college and middle-school teacher in New Jersey, he retired in 2007 to commit himself to full-time writing. In addition to fiction and poetry, he has written full-length plays for educational theaters and maintains several blog sites on the Internet. An activist against Italian American media bias, he has lectured widely on “Growing up Sicilian”.

His two flash-fiction collections 200 Shorts and Flashing My Shorts were published by All Things That Matter Press and are available in book and Kindle editions.

His new book If Roosters Don’t Crow, It Is Still Morning: Haiku and Other Poems.

He has two short e-books at for only 99 cents (c.77p) each:

Salvatore lives in West Virginia with Sharon, the love of his life.


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5 thoughts on “Post-weekend Poetry 114: We Try In Our Meager Way by Salvatore Buttaci

    • flashpoetguy says:

      Thank you! We write love poems but never succeed in revealing what love truly is. It is even more difficult to properly live love!


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