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can we demean a mean word?
can we abrogate its mean intent?
who can voice the "n" word?
you know the one I mean
rhymes bigger but it's Not

some people of a pigment
take great offense at it
while their bro's say it raps
with heart an' appreciation
denouncing a whitish oppression

an anatomical word that rhymes punt
that some of gender can't or 
won't hear of hearing it
in any context taken, 
a personal affront

the f'ing word fills some with ire
that word that wraps up firetruck
and puzzles those physical desires
copulate 'stead that might be struck

who would give a mere word power
to rule over their own heart?
why everyone would blankly agree
that mere words have the power to
affront, to wound, to scathe

yet closer, more focused one notes
too see, that arcs and lines
to form letters so words are
just that, representation thought
of idea, no intent sold or bought

the skin wanes and then thickens
with some words i do reckon
hurt still and some discomfort
a part of words so encumbered

words like, useless, unimportant,
illiterate, futile, unworthy, bad, 
expendable, are to the soul, anything
but commendable, but express thought
of places stood, direction to take

the ancient Jews decided that their
name for god must not be spoken
by mere women or men, even children
a sacrilege and affront to derogate
almighty, god, Yahweh, YHWH, Adonai

a very utterance against creator
yet never occur that every utterance
origins from such, if god is, as said
"I am that I am" then
I voice that is heard

what is a word, is just that word with
only power or potency, that I give it

© Goode Guy 2013-03-23 

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