heart on repeat

#Poem – words

On the one hand:

A turn of phrase
Or a phrase of turning,
A twisted word
Or a wordy twist:

They are just words
Anyway.

Much better to attend
To life:
Grass,
Leaf,
Bark,
Stream,
Snow,
Wind,
Flesh,
and
Bone.

Blink and you will miss them.
The words will stay on the page.
Come back to them later.

If you want words, speak them
To my heart.


On the other hand:

Every word is important.
Each one can cut or heal.

To speak out loud or write
The word on the page is to
Make a choice.

And choices always seem to
Tear
Or mend.

So I choose to write and not write.
I choose to speak and not speak.

And I pray all the while that
My heart will remain open so that
My words will be more in the
Mending vein.

~ by Stan Stewart
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