I’ve been thinking a lot about words lately, for about two weeks in fact, since a friend of mine started blogging a word for the day (see reblog above).
Her word for today, makes me think about how words are used and the consequences of words which often lead to action. What with the liberal use of ‘double-dip recession‘; Jeremy Hunt referring to ‘text published yesterday’ in his statement to the press and the Leveson inquiry into, what is essentially words.
I asked a talented writer sometime ago, to write down a poem that expressed his thoughts on words, after a short pause, during which I gave him a pen and paper, this is what he wrote:
To crush, to heal, to bless
To feign an interest
Spoken softly, said out loud
Intimately or in a crowd
Intended to lift up or put down
Yet, still all Words
Words can shape the life of one
Nephew, niece, daughter, son
Yet words can strike a blow a hammer can’t
Mold and make one, scold or break one
Fire an arrow through a heart
Message filled with tons of language
Or sentences scant
What can be said, what can be spared
Words often serve as another’s food
Yet words can starve another of true joy
But what determines whether this
Is sincere, whether hit or miss
If whispered or termed as noise?
Dunno, go figure……
‘Lanre Iroche 2000