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When Words Are Weaponized

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Words are double-edged swords

On one hand, they're used to teach and inspire
They're used to express love, to charm, 
to communicate wants and needs effectively

Words are golden; emotionally soothing...
when draped with silken tenderness; 
treated with care like fragile glass

On the other hand, when they're weaponized; 
thrusted like an apee to impale a thin skin,
wielded like a machete to cut someone down...

they can inflict unhealing wounds!

Just like a bullet can't be sucked back into... 
the chamber after the trigger is pulled,
deeply hurtful invectives can't be unsaid

The damage done won't be completely repaired,
no matter how sincere an apology. 

So when passions are inflamed, it's important
to pause, take a deep breath, and let our anger
dissipate before we say something we regret.

Date written: 10/28/2019

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 10/2/2019 9:55:00 AM
Edward, WOW this is amazing! Your words spoke to my soul for I have felt negative power of words many times, but also the power of words to move people, like when I prepared and read the eulogy at my grandma's funeral and all I could hear was weeping, I knew my storyteller grandma had left me the power of words. Edward, I sent you a soupmail today !
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Edward Ibeh
Date: 10/2/2019 12:31:00 PM
I'm glad this poem resonated with you, Constance:-) The positive power of words is truly extraordinary! Thanks for sharing a moving part of your life, btw!
Date: 10/2/2019 7:49:00 AM
Each word we say is important. This is a wonderfully poetic reminders. Thank you Panagiota xxx
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Date: 10/2/2019 8:50:00 AM
Thank you, Panagiota:-)