The Words

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“That’s what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.” 
― Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

The poisoned words slithered in and out
of loose threaded seams, re-opening
old wounds with venomous fangs.

Soon, she realized all she needed to do
was double-stitch them up tight
so the words would never get through.

But words have an uncanny way
of crawling into you, infesting you
the words, the words, the words.

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Imaginary Garden With Real Toads: Art Flash 55

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31 Comments on “The Words

  1. Oh, this is so true!! Words, words, words, they can heal our leave you constantly at the mercy of their knifing.

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  2. Oooh! What a unique interpretation, and a theme to provoke analysis. Words do have power and whether to keep them in or let them out is the better option is debatable.

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  3. Words can take root, grow, ever expanding, to dwell in the heart — either to nurture or to destroy. This is a strong write Linda.

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  4. This is such a deeply profound take on the artwork, Linda! ❤️ Yes, words have the power to harm and heal .. 🙂 Love it!

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  5. Well – thinking about that it goes on to say “words will never hurt me”. I think I mean this certainly gives a false meaning to that little ditty. Words can hurt a lot longer than a punch, I suppose. Can eat you from the inside out!

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