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The Written Word


Energy of thought is a palpable force

And must be expressed.

So Language evolves - a living thing.

We honour the first storytellers and the bards.

But - symbols scratched from stone to paper

Power more influence

Than a person can effect in a lifetime.

Communication across Death

Is a privilege we barely notice.

A book renders ideas visually concrete,

Cross-pollinating civilizations and cultures,

To bind together, or to break apart.

The book itself is only a vehicle.

We, the readers, make the choice.

Today we can cast off into galaxies

To plunder the dazzlement of space,

Or probe exponentially the ‘Space of Nothing’ -

We excel in the physical

Visible and invisible.

Yet the Light of Language remains almost unknown,

Words of our world springing from mind to mind -

As we are now, as we were so in ages gone.

More than pots or tombs or tools or towers

The written word bridges  humanity.

Cynthia Buell Thomas

◄ Creation

november robin ►


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Thu 6th Jan 2011 13:26

Hi Cynthia
As a person who loves the written word I greatly enjoyed "The Written Word" I see authors as weavers of words and you have created a rich tapestry here. I especially liked, "Cross-pollinating civilisations and cultures," x

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Wed 15th Dec 2010 23:17

Hi Cynthia..your thoughtful 'comments' led me to you!

The word, from cuneiform onwards is surely the most transformative power our species possesses. Number and formulae may lie as 'artefact' without the word to acquit thier own power. No prophesy without word and the word in all its forms is prophesy. For the Toltecs the word is magic, giving us the power to create or destroy...your poem resounds with this acknowledgement,the word as our most omnipotent means of coherence across time.

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Freda Davis

Sun 21st Nov 2010 17:52

Colourful Robin! A Christmassy theme. I agree about cat owners. I bet some others who are not would find 'Amber' unhygeinic to say the least.

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Elaine Booth

Mon 15th Nov 2010 17:01

Really enjoyed the ideas you are exploring here.

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Ray Miller

Sun 14th Nov 2010 21:43

I like the poem, though I thought it was more prosaic in some parts than necessary. The light of language remains almost unknown - really!I'd have thought that because of the Internet it was now easier to access the written word than ever before.

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Tim Ellis

Sun 14th Nov 2010 17:41

I think books probably are slowly on the way out. To people of our age (I assume you're of a similar vintage Cynthia) this seems a shame, but children today are growing up reading from a screen as naturally as from paper. It's not necessarily a bad thing though - sites like this show that poetry can thrive on the internet, and I'm sure when paper was first invented many people said, "but it's just not the same as a stone tablet!"

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Sun 14th Nov 2010 11:50

As many WOL friends have begun to suspect, I would now jump right in to contest the last stanza, praising the unparalleled value of 'pots' and 'tools' to our understanding of human development. I would be my own adversary - good brain tickling.

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winston plowes

Sun 14th Nov 2010 11:03

yes, some powerful and philosophical ideas here. For me, Libaries combine the power of silence with the power of the written word.

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Sat 13th Nov 2010 14:08

I enjoy visiting libraries too.
Just last week i was given a wonderful opportunity to be in one while waiting for a customer for a solid uninterrupted hour.

I digressed from the content there but sharing this made me think of the varied use of language in general and the vast interpretations of the written word. Thank you Cynthia.x

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Fri 12th Nov 2010 21:13

I love the ideas in this Cynthia. The endurance of the written word is something that fascinates me also - as you may have deduced from my latest - sharing those words can be like sharing our humanity.
The erosion of our language is something that worries me - the focus onto the visual, the speedy. I do wonder how much future generations will read or understand this poem.

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Freda Davis

Fri 12th Nov 2010 13:11

I love this Cynthia. The written word remains very relevant. The internet is full of writing. I like performance, but you can't catch all the intricacy of a poem just from listening.

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Laura Taylor

Fri 12th Nov 2010 12:07

Well I'm glad you DID share it Cynthia. I love this. Those first four lines are fantastic...I'm especially drawn to the Energy of thought line...

I share your dread. Although it has to be said, libraries aren't what they were! People bloody speak in them, loudly, all the time now!

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Fri 12th Nov 2010 08:22

Great poem - and this is also why (for the most part) we all want to be published - not necessarily for fame or money - but communication.xx

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Thu 11th Nov 2010 16:49

This is recent. I didn't think I would share it, but I am passionate about libraries and the thought of their possible demise fills me with dread.

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