Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Reach of Speech

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H-m-m, so many to choose will we arrange them and what will they say?

It is a privilege to share
This air, a common thoroughfare
Where we lay bare our thought with word
That once released can’t be returned

How fast past lips its passions course
The tongue, a small and mighty force
Is like a potent, pocket- sword
Its flash the quick of uttered word

The reach of speech is long and deep
A corridor we cannot sweep
Where both rage and apology
Can stun a page we cannot see

We should be careful as we touch
The silence with thought’s noisy brush
For words, uncensored and swift-tossed
Carry within their freedom, cost

© Janet Martin

 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. James 3:5

I'm sure we've all wished we could retrieve words spoken too hastily...

The two-room country-school I attended as a child had this word-test hung above the door;
Before you speak, think;
Is it necessary?
Is it true?
is it kind?

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