This happens quite often with the people from the wordier countries, who think that silences in conversation are a bit like spiders on one’s face and should therefore be shouted away as quickly as possible. They don’t know the secret of silences being a nice way of having a quick little thinking moment in the midst of a conversation in order to enjoy the communication more.
When I’m speaking to a person who,
Doesn’t share my language, my meow and moo,
And I’m speaking theirs as well as I can,
Mixing up grammar like a proper madman,
Forgetting words and mumbling some
Thinking quite long and seeming quite dumb.
It’s quite annoying, and by quite I mean very,
When I need to think, they think it is scary
Keep on talking or repeat what they said,
Which makes my sentence-stub just plain dead.
A moment of silence in that situation,
Is a-ok, not a social damnation.
Let me think and formulate my words,
Otherwise they flutter like very flighty birds.
I will ask if I didn’t understand,
Don’t take my silence as a secret command.
To interject to keep the noise alive,
Just take a small break unlike a beehive.
Wait for a while, think about stuff
Like clouds and let me huff and puff.
I will respond with something I made
Because you managed to break the blockade.