Words With Power (Written November 26)

Words With Power

 

To continue a quotation, however trite it may be,

Engages the mind and proves to listeners

That the person in question is not such

 

A slouch as he sometimes seems to be.

“The venom clamours of a jealous woman” says much

In those few words, which are all of a sublime

 

And compacted nature, to be unpacked by

The poet, or by one who can see into the poet’s mind.

What follows, in other words, does not follow

 

Naturally. “Poison more deadly than a mad dog’s

tooth,” when firmly implanted in the hollow

Spaces of the brain, is not a trope

 

That anyone would willingly let go of, when it becomes

A matter of life and death. Words, given sufficient rope,

Become more powerful than any number of pictures.

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