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.