Double-Edged Treasure

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.

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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fenzero 6 years ago from Arizona

WOW... that gave me chills. This is beautifully put together as I believe that all too often we can speak with reckless conviction and not really understand the impact. Thank you :)

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Many thanks, fenzero!

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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

Words are birds roosting in the poet-tree of our minds...they can be vultures or buzzards stripping the meat of hope form our bones, or they can be canaries and larks making sweet music in our souls...great write~~~MFB III

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emohealer 6 years ago from South Carolina


Recognizing the power of words, you have used them most beautifully here to impart the message of their power. Your prose is artistry with words, with no waste or fluff to cover the message. The message is not hidden as with many, it is clear yet with no harshness to a subject that could well be so. Much thanks, this is worthy of passing forward! Sue

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Denizee 6 years ago

Excellent poem and so true. If people would consider others feelings before they utter a word - it would make all the difference in so many lives. I really enjoyed this and the message it conveys - people can be left broken - by others words - harsh words and actions can lead to abuse - it could go on and on. Touching.

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tnderhrt23 6 years ago Author

Thank you, Denizee. The most important place that words have power is with our children. The words of a parent can make or break the spirit and will of a child, and set the tone for their entire lives, as I so well have experienced. I read this poem often to remind me...Again, thank you!

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Karen Russell 6 years ago


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