Poem: A better choice

As morning breaks, and eyes awake,

A brand new day unfolds

It’s promise true, what will we do,

With all the new day holds,

We have a choice, we have a voice,

To lift up or tear down,

To think of them, of other men,

Instead of just our own,

To look at self, and no one else

Will keep us trapped inside

A box of hate, we did create,

A place we run to hide

So lift your sight, to left to right,

At others in their way,

They all have needs, and cuts that bleed

From things that people say

Sticks and stones, may break their bones

A word can do no hurt

And yet they cry, and ache inside

From words both terse and curt

As oft you blink, please also think

About the things you voice

To other folk, although in joke

And make a better choice.

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Alana Warren 4 years ago from Derby

Very poignant writing, helps inspire one to reflect. Wish others could see the power of words, and understand sometimes they can hurt.

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Princess Prisca 4 years ago from Heaven living on Earth


Very nice.

I am in agreement with this piece 100%.


Ciao...Princess Prisca

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Lenzy 4 years ago from Arlington, Texas

Pete, This is a well written poem with some great thoughts about being uplifting to others. Thank you. Lenzy

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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Yes, a true and insightful poem. Well written. The tongue is small, but it can give life or death. From out of the heart, the mouth speaks. Let us guard our hearts. Faith Reaper

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andsoforth 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Better choices are good for all of us. Thanks for the reminder! Sometimes we need someone to give us a little nudge.

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Poetic Fool 4 years ago

Yours is a very nicely written poem with a very important message. I hope it gives your readers pause to consider the power and potential of their words. Thanks for sharing this jewel of a poem!

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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Alana - I think we often have absolutely no clue as to how much our words hurt others, either because of our selfishness or the other person's defence mechanism hiding their hurt. But trey are hurt regardless.

@Lenzy - thanks for the kind "words" :-)

@Faith Reaper - so true, that's is why James said the tongue was so hard to tame.

@andsoforth - glad to be able to "nudge" you, hopefully in the right direction.

@Poetic Fool - you have hit the nail on the head with "power and potential", the fact is that power and potential can be positive or negative - we each get to choose. Thanks for reading.

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ImKarn23 4 years ago

ah...empathy is you, Pete - and - it's very attractive! Think before we speak? and text? and email? o, yeah, baby - im all in on that! You're a good man, Petenali!

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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

petenali: Great message. More than any physical hurt, words slash the spirit of the receiver ...every time. Nothing can affect one more emotionally, physically and spiritually. Very well said. Love the picture of zip the lip. Thank you for spreading this through HubPages. Blessings, Sparklea :)

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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@ImKarn23 - your words are very kind. T'would appear you grasped the sense of the poem supremely well!

@Sparklea - as always, an encourager. You humble me with your lavish words. Bless you right back!

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ExoticHippieQueen 4 years ago

Words to lived by, Pete, and you did a great job of saying it. Voted up and awesome!

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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@ExoticHippie Queen - thanks for taking time to read it. The world would be a different place if we all watched closer the words we speak.

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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

Great poem, well-written, good message. Voted up!

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petenali 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Crystal - thanks a bunch. Words can build up or tear down, in both cases very quickly.

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MissJamieD 3 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

Another awesome poem! I love this because I was married to a verbally abusive man for 15 years who still (after a year of being apart) doesn't realize his words do hurt. Many of his words hurt me for a long time and will remain. But I did choose to gain my own strength and leave because I knew I was better than what he was saying to me. He's still hurtful and doesn't realize it, luckily I forgive easily because we share 3 children and I want them to live a happy life not listening to him bash me constantly. People think verbal abuse is not abuse, especially my ex, but I can tell you that it certainly is. Even if it's between two strangers and lasts two seconds. Great hub!

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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@MissJamieD - sorry to hear of your journey through that. The poem was written in a general sense as we see people in all areas of life opening their mouth without first engaging their brain. The result is hurting people left behind in a trail of devastation. Glad it connected with you, but sorry that it did also. Blessings to you...

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Sed-me 23 months ago from An undisclosed location.

Great msg. Refraining from speaking ill of someone else can be difficult in work situations when you are oft called to give a report of someone's performance. "They're not catching on very fast." leads to a little joke, a little jab. I am becoming more mindful of that... a work God is doing. Me ending up here is just Him reminding me once again that I need to guard my tongue. Thanks. :)

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