The Power of Language – A Poem

Whoever coined the phrase

“sticks and stones

will break your bones

but words can never hurt you”

never understood

the power of language.

Words can give wings

to the hopeless,

to inspire flight above the doldrums

of everyday life.

Words can push you down

beneath the gutter,

breathing filth until all you know

is the rancid aftertaste

on the roof of your mouth.

Words can cut

sharper than any blade or bullet


they can wrap around a wound,

staunching the bleeding

for healing to begin.

Our Words will live beyond us,

at least for a little while if we’re lucky.


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