Thursday, January 31, 2013

Of the Wonder of Words

Words; such quaint and curious things
Like ink-shaped puppets on a string
They draw from us life’s darling sighs
Or fill the dark in curs-ed cries
Painting mind-pictures in the air
They form our worry and our prayer
The wander-lust of wonder stirred
And spilled in ink-jots shaping word

Word; the poet’s rebel-lure
The sermon wee lad must endure
The good, the bad, the bitter-sweet
In endless possibility
A palette of infinite vaunt
They hurt and heal, they soothe and taunt
The mien of thought spoken and heard
Empowered by this thing called word

Foolish and wise access alike
The freedom to this verbal might
And in the syllables we choose
We will reveal thought’s hidden hues
We ought to ponder carefully
Which ones to keep or to set free
For they fall fast and undeterred
In dynamite drops formed in words

Word; language of lip or pen
To inspire, teach or mislead men
Therefore we must give earnest heed
To what we read, think, write thence read
For in this little ink-swirl jot
Lies both the bud and bloom of thought
A seed of potent power incurred
In architecture of a word

© Janet Martin

 "The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."
- Luke 6:45

 "I like good strong words that mean something."
- Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

 "The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do."
- Thomas Jefferson

 Watch your thoughts, they become your words
Watch your words, they become your actions
Watch your actions, they become your habits
Watch your habits, they become your character
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
- Anonymous

 "A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day."
- Emily Dickinson ("A Word is Dead")

 "Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning."
- Benjamin Franklin

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