The spoken word is a powerful thing,
Whether uttered by a pauper, an actor, a king,
For each word has meaning that to it is unique,
Your words are a part of you that take wings when you speak.
Whether whispered very softly or hurled in a shout,
A word is unstoppable once it’s let out,
When you part with a word you can’t take it back,
It flies to its intended, its full meaning intact.
A word can be a healing thing,
A word can make a sore heart sing,
Giving relief, hope and courage to those in tears,
Building bridges between strangers, dispelling all fears.
But a word can be a pain-giving thing,
It can cut, it can hurt, it can deeply sting,
And both speaker and listener, regret and shame,
For the bond that was, will never be the same.
A word once spoken is a life enhancing tool,
But a weapon of destruction in the mouth of a fool,
Weigh your words carefully, release them with thought,
For words that take flight, can never be caught.
Written by Cheryl Kupfer