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Words Matter!

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

That’s words

To feign an interest

Still words

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


About Gillian King

Passionate about being black, British, Christian and a Londoner,(not necessarily in that order). Other passions flow from this, football, politics and smiling! I write what I'm passionate about.


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