Welcome to “Poetry for the Summer.” Today’s blog is from my book “a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder.”
words spoken or written,
intentionally or unintentionally,
words heard or read,
passively or aggressively,
words captured, carried, cast away.
words caught, canned,
kept in place.
words for now.
words for then.
words for us.
words for them.
influential, compassionate, aware.
contemplative, aggressive, unsure.
words, describing and defining,
revealing images into many minds,
into many hearts.
live in words.
speak them when needed.
think and rethink them correctly.
edit them mentally
let them heal rather than hurt.
let them gently open doors
rather than slamming shut.
work a craft of respect, humility,
dreams, care, compassion,
and positive influence
through words. a world is being changed by them.
we are part of that transformation.
i pray our words offer health
rather than harm.
i pray our words alter the course
of damage and turn