Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Poetry: Words by Kathy Stemke


Every word has a certain destiny.
Some, dark and cancerous, destroy you.
Others, thieves, rob your serenity.

Carefully calculated, deceptive words
do harm, righteous on the outside,
inside they have a heart of fear.

Filter words of separation and elitism,
words that divide nations and people.
prejudice always brings death.

God's eternal words have a destiny.
they soften the dry, stony places.
They heal your innermost hurts and fears.

Peaceful words bring tranquility.
Encouraging words bring confidence.
Merciful words bring forgiveness.

Stop each word before it leaves your lips,
inspect it, replace it if necessary,
then release it to its certain destiny!

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6 comments:

Janet said...

My history teacher in high school used to have a saying he'd tell us all the time. "Some people make the mistake of turning on the microphone (mouth) before plugging in their brain." At least that's the best I remember it, it's been a long time since I was in high school. But, it's true, some people don't think before they speak.

kathy stemke said...

Thanks for stopping by Janet. Your blog looks great.

Suzanne Lieurance said...

Hey, Kathy,

Thanks for reminding us of the power of words. If we just "think before we speak" we can change so many things for the better!

Harry Gilleland said...

Greetings, Kathy ~

Your poem holds much truth about the power of words. Excellent poem, which I enjoyed reading. Good job!

Cheers!

Harry

kathy stemke said...

Thanks everyone for visiting.

Karen and Robyn - Writing for Children said...

Wonderful poem, Kathy,

I've always believed in the power of words. It's so important to think before we speak.

A word spoken can never be taken back!

Karen