Friday, September 30, 2011

Words

Words blue enough to shock a sailor.
Words reverent enough to please a nun.
Words of protest, truth, and anger.
Words that leave your clothes undone.
Words innocent as a dreaming child.
Words to ease the pain of living.
Words to shock the cruelest conscience.
Words of taking and of giving.

I cannot trust my clumsy tongue
to say the words that must be said.
Until I can trust my clumsy tongue,
I'll trust them to my pen instead.

For Meeting the Bar at dVerse

29 comments:

Steve King said...

I guess most of us feel tongue tied, too...this is a very lively and expressive anthem. The last two lines are a great recapitulation. If more people trusted the pen and not the tongue, the world would be a more civil and smarter place.

Brian Miller said...

the pen def becomes a gateway to saying what needs said...and the tongue will find its way...

Claudia said...

oh yes - i often find it much easier to write than to speak...can feel this..

Cheryl said...

I feel this one deep in my gut. Even my pen has become clumsy from lack of use.

Titanium said...

It's hard to edit spoken words after they've been voiced; I have a great deal of faith in the power of the written word precisely because it can be put away, slept on, considered and shared much more succinctly.

Linda said...

Nice! Sometimes it's easier to get them right on paper. Unlike pen and paper, your tongue only gets one take.

Beachanny said...

For all the reasons others stated, for its brevity, its rhyme, and it precision - this is quite a good poem about writing, and writing poetry in particular. Well done!

Lazidaisical said...

This is just perfect!

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Say it, don't spray it! (LOL!)

I too am for more eloquent via my typed words. (I would have said written words, but I print in a most non-eloquent ALL-CAPS style)

I took a speech class in high school, but it didn't do much for my slack pronunciation and murmuring.

Sylvia K said...

Perfect it is and tongue tied I am!! Awesome what you can put together, MZ! I love it! Hope you're going to play a lot over the weekend, wishing you lots of laughter and fun!

Sylvia

Fireblossom said...

And what a talented pen it is.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Nice!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Nice!

Nick Rolynd said...

Ah, I love this. Very apt observation. Many people who are bad with their spoken words turn to writing as an alternative in order to better convey their greater ideas. I'm one of them. =)

oceangirl said...

So true, so true, and you penned it down so perfectly too.

PattiKen said...

Oh, MZ, I love this! There is so much to praise, not the least of which is the "voice" behind your words.

ab said...

It's always such a pleasure and honour to read your Words :)

Christine said...

I think I'm still tired because this made me cry,
have a great weekend :)

hedgewitch said...

As my best English teacher once told me, "Words are all we have." And they can do more damage or give more comfort than people ever really imagine. I like the thoughts in this one, MZ.

Caty said...

My tongue is very clumsy...I wish there was "edit" for my tongue, but if I think too long before I speak, the subject has long gone...so I prefer to write it :)

Ed Pilolla said...

after that introduction, i was hanging on your every word. you can really bring it home.

Reka Sang said...

The pen manges to unlock what the tongue fails too...you have a way with words.

Doctor FTSE said...

Well constructed work. Writing about writing isn't as easy as you have made it look.

G said...

So very true. I find it much easier (and thus get into more trouble) to express myself with pen and paper as opposed to talking.

seasideauthor said...

This is so well done!!!!!
...and it was a little difficult to get here.

Susie Clevenger said...

Great expression of your clumsy tongue...I suffer from it too..I would talk to someone about the depth I feel when I write, but few would get it. I write it and send it out into cyber world to be read...there are times I have been angry enough to feel..."yeah I wrote it. I said it. if you didn't get it the first time, read it again." lol My tongue and pen can get me into trouble.. :)

Fred said...

Very nice. Love the listing style and then the reflection beneath it. Very nicely done

Heaven said...

I like that the words flow better and smoother from your pen. Enjoyed your words ~

unsungpoet said...

This is sweet...How true!