Words are a dangerous weapon
With power to heal or to maim,
Having indelible fingers
Once wielded, that grip all the same.
Words, from the heart, if delivered
With gentleness, loving and true,
Sweeten the most bitter concoction,
Restoring the broken to new.
Or spoken with meanness and venom
In anger like arrows will fly...
Piercing the heart with their poison
Whether true or they viciously lie.
Their most powerful impact inherent,
An undeniably permanent trait.
Once uttered, their effect eternal,
Inevitably altering fate.
Their echo if sweet or revengeful
Carries on into infinite space,
Where no apology, denial or retraction
Can mute them or ever erase.
In light of this double-edged treasure,
The wise of spirit and gentle of heart
Ponder with tender compassion
The aftershock harsh words impart.
And handle them with great discretion...
Pause to listen and weigh them with care,
Recognizing their lasting potential
To sow love or incite great despair.
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