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Powerful words - The power of your words (A poem)

Updated on August 12, 2011

You have the power to choose powerful words

Words have the power to build or break, to decimate or make. If words are chosen carefully, they can make you the most powerful person on the face of the earth. Thoughtless words hurt and cause pain. They break relationships and bring no gain. Even if your intentions are not bad, a poor choice of words can drive people away from you and cause much damage. What gain can there be in harsh words? Consider what you say and speak to create and uplift. Encouraging words are indeed like the rain that fall on dry grounds, it makes the land fertile and helps it produce much fruit. Choose what effect you want to achieve today …. choose positive words.... A Positive attitude will take you much further than negative thinking ever will.

Powerful words - Choose words of power

Sharp words like knives,

they fall and slice,

the heart that loves,

turning warmth to ice,

wounding the soul,

and sealing up tight

the lips that smiled,

in loving light!

They scar memories,

with darkened spots,

cause love to freeze,

and tangle in knots,

Festering wounds,

they leave behind,

that hurt and bleed,

with thoughts unkind.

They rip apart,

the very heart,

that with love swells,

and in goodness wells.

Oh! hold them back,

don’t let them fall,

pause the attack,

with outspoken gall.

Think awhile,

before you spill,

words that rile,

and speak so ill.

Cease them now!

speak words of love

that gladden hearts

and make a new start!

I am glad you are here.............

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    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Htodd, Thank you. I appreciate the visit and the comment.

    • htodd profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the nice post ..great info

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Haiku it has been a long time since I have been here... Thank you for the endorsement.Oh Yes dark tones are certainly hurtful, sometimes more than directly negative words I guess. I appreciate you bringing this up..:)

    • haikutwinkle profile image


      10 years ago

      I absolutely agree with this... and saying it with dark tones is hurtful as well...

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Movie Master.. not all old saying are true.. aren't they while 'sticks and stones do hurt my bones your words hurt my soul' should be the way the saying goes ..thank you for the value addition to this hub .. greatly appreciated :)

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Cloverleaf Thank you .. words are powerful! I appreciate the comment :)

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Rosemay thank you for the comment and the follow. It is greatly appreciated.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Ruby, I join with you in your plea 'May we seek to be kinder to others'...At least we can try.. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Movie Master 

      10 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi SD, the old saying that 'words will never harm me' is so untrue, words have the power to hurt deeply.

      A beautiful poem.

    • Cloverleaf profile image


      10 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Shimmering Dawn, very very powerful words indeed. Your poetry makes a bold and interesting statement, a great read.

    • Rosemay50 profile image

      Rosemary Sadler 

      10 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Words can be so powerful. They can break up relationships and friendships.

      A good poem

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 years ago from Southern Illinois

      The tongue is so destructive when unkind words are spoken. Your poetry enlightens. May we seek to be kinder to others. Thank you for sharing wisdom.

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Dear Timorous, it is indeed sad that people choose to be negative. I wish we could all be nice to one another.. just imagine what a wonderful place this world would be.. Ha maybe just wishful thinking on my part. Thank you for your kind words and support. I am greatly honored :)

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Exotichippiequeen, Thank you for your kind words and for pushing the buttons. I appreciate the follow :)

    • shimmering Dawn profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Reena.. Thanks for the visit and the comment.. I appreciate it greatly :)

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      Tim Nichol 

      10 years ago from Me to You

      How sad that so many people choose their words in a thoughtless manner, sometimes intentionally. I think it comes from a negative mindset that is often hard to break. Perhaps they should heed that old advice "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".

      Your poem speaks volumes SD. Nice going.

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      10 years ago

      And so true. Our words have the power to heal or destroy. Nice hub.....voted up and beautiful!

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      Reena J 

      10 years ago

      Interesting to read and good selection of words...


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