Your Words Have Meaning, Dear

Sometimes, such words warrant war

Syllables spill from ludicrous lips
as vowels litter the terra firma
and consonants are crushed
by a careless creator.
These phrases that thoughtlessly tumble
from mind to mouth to ground
contain cruelties
that the unthinking speaker
never even knew.

Sometimes, such words warrant war;
other times, they solicit sadness.
In any case, this vapid verbiage
can hurt hearts,
slice open souls,
and render ribs to wretched weeping.
Unintentional though it may be,
these unmeaning messages
still hold sway
over the ears and hearts
that hear them.

The next time that a thoughtless thought
threatens to leave your lips,
remember, friend,
with language, kindness is king,
so before opening your mouth to say anything,
please know that your words have meaning.



Photo by Mikechie Esparagoza from Pexels

This week, I would simply like to offer the suggestion to check out two of my favorite poets who I follow on Instagram. The first is M. G. Hughes who writes simple yet elegant poems, usually touching on nature or other aesthetic observations she has made. The second poet is Boomie Bol who I just realized (and I feel silly for not checking until writing this) also has a WordPress blog where she posts her gorgeous poems about her experiences. I hope that you will take the time to check out both of their works because they have been so inspiring to me!

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18 thoughts on “Your Words Have Meaning, Dear”

  1. Your choice of words here inspires me to reach further in my own writing to utilize a more expansive vocabulary. I can often get stuck in this pattern of recycling many of the same words and phrases. So thanks Joy! And thanks for the introduction to a few of your favorite poets. I started following them and look forward to reading their work and learning. I love the sense of community that wordpress offers. Thanks for fostering that. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so glad you liked it! It was fun to dig into some synonyms in order to maximize the alliteration. I will admit, the structure is a little weird with this one, and I wasn’t entirely sure how that would go over. And as for the community, you are so right. The writing and poetry communities here on WordPress and even on Instagram are so supportive, and it has been lovely to be a part of them.

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  2. It is a wonderful thing to see your creativity evolving, Joy. You are on the verge of finding your true voice. It will come from inside. Write with your heart. Feel your way. It will come.
    I love the little companion pieces you provide, by the way. It’s good to see a creative with an active involvement with the world – although I suppose that is where all our words come from…

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      1. Hi Joy. I’m glad you think that. After I sent the message I realised that it might have sounded condescending, even arrogant. I’m sorry if it came across like that. I’m just a tuppenny blogger/writer. I don’t know why I think I’m qualified to offer advice to someone like you. You just keep on doing what you’re doing. You’re fine.

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      2. I didn’t take it that way at all. I have only really been writing poetry for half a year at this point, so I truly appreciate the support and advice that I have been receiving.

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