words

— Anne Sexton
Be careful of words,
even the miraculous ones.
For the miraculous ones we do our best,
sometimes they swarm like insects
and leave not a sting but a kiss.
They can be good as fingers.
They can be trusty as the rock
you stick your bottom on.
But they can be both daisies and bruises.
Yet I am in love with words.
They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
They are the trees, the legs of summer,
and the sun, its passionate face.
Yet often they fail me.
I have so much I want to say,
so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
But the words aren’t good enough,
the wrong ones kiss me.
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
but with the wings of a wren.
But I try to take care
and be gentle to them.
Words and eggs must be handled with care.
Once broken they are impossible
things to repair.

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2 Responses to words

  1. Michelle says:

    OT — I love the spring skin!

  2. The Heretik says:

    Nice skin. Nice poem. I have a few up over here.Any comments from you would be most appreciated. I enjoy coming over here daily. Thanks for the fine offerings.
    . . . it’s only words, but words are all I have to take . . . . Oy, I forgot the next line.

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