Words, they surround me like air. They jump at me, clamoring to be touched, held, used…
Sometimes in their eagerness to reach me, they bump into each other like unruly children, in line for a special treat…
Distorting each other, till they lose their meaning …
And sometimes when the push is just right they join to make another new, more relevant word. A word just right!
Sometimes one of them claims all my attention like a sick child
And at others, another gives me tantalizing glimpses, but remain in the shadows refusing to step out. Determined to win this game of hide and seek it thinks we are playing.
Words are my best friends. They soothe me, like the touch of a cold concerned hand on my fever hot forehead.
Words my worst enemies, they get into my heart like double-bladed daggers carving out wounds that I am powerless to fill.
Words! sometimes I wish I had never said them. They hang like a curtain of fire between me and my loved ones refusing to let us see each other. Making the short distance between us “un-travel-able”
Words, like wildly swaying hanging bridges that I hold on to with all my might , to help me reach into an open heart.
Words sometimes I own them, like a potter that molds his clay. I frame them, to convey just what I mean.
But many times (and I wish this weren’t true) – Words, they own me! making me convey the most outrageous things that I never really meant.
And what about the words, that I wish I had said. They gnaw at me inside my head. Like sharp shards of glass. They bite me, threatening to explode out and claim their rightful place in the world.
And have you ever thought? What would be if they didn’t exist? Or at least if there were enough only to fulfill our basic needs. A word for food, another for water, a few more to help us keep.
But vast majority of them yet undiscovered, still fast asleep
Why were they stirred, who brought them into being?
Did she realize when she shook them awake?
That one day these words won’t let us sleep!
Read somewhere “We navigate our whole world using words. Change and improve the words and I believe we can change and improve life”
- Don’t Talk When Your Mouth is Full (lettersinlonghand.wordpress.com)