When

“Crippling grief

Note: Roses are the National Flower of the United States

words
wielded
wound

when
will
we
stop

what
have
we
wrought

with
word
warfare

who
will
remain
whole

in
the
unholiness

who
will
wise
up

in
the
wreckage

to
work
toward
well-being
for
all

for
we
are
not
you
and
me

we
are
we

us

without
unity
peace
healing

we
will
cease
to
be

where
are
the
words
of
mending
not
rending

where
is
the
ending

words
create
worlds

and
destroy
them

within
and
without

where
are
the
words

who
will
speak
them

who
will
live
them

and
when


when
when
when

*******

written for
Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog

all are welcome here
to write
and to be

where words
are not
wielded
to wound

18 thoughts on “When

  1. Oh, my, Fran, your poem is so emotional and powerful! When read aloud I love the sounds of your alliteration, repetition and rhyme. I agree with Nanc that your plea needs to be published. So moving, I almost cried. Thank you for another gift.

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  2. You show the power of words here in your poem. Well done, but I wish it was not written. I wish so many words had not been spoken. Words have power to wound or to heal.

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    • Yes. Power to wound and heal. This poem is yearning for words to usher the latter. I read an article today on the neuroscience behind our words – makes me ponder how our culture is shaped. May write about that after mulling awhile.

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  3. Wow. So powerful and moving. Those last repeated words were haunting. This poem makes the reader want to pick up the torch and go out into the world to answer this and to start the healing.

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  4. You started with words that started with W and then shifted and this was really interesting to me. I also felt like the speed of it shifted and it was almost like I was getting pulled into the current. Thanks for sharing!

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