Once upon a time

we stumbled on words


Creation, mutation,

incomplete, never ending


They trip off your tongue

get caught in your throat


Lost in your memory

then, rekindled again.


Words full of colour

and monochrome, too


Words fill your belly

and empty your heart


Words knock you dead

make you feel alive


Raise you to the stars

and back down to earth


Words to a song

make your spirit soar


Words can be holy

and blasphemy, too


Words can be clear

but also misunderstood


A poem's phrase

makes you feel so raw


The sight of words

The sound of words


The wisdom of words

The naivety of words


The never ending story of words


◄ Embrace

Autumn leaves to be reborn ►


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Jon Stainsby

Tue 13th Nov 2018 16:30

Thank you, Chris and Taylor.

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Taylor Crowshaw

Tue 13th Nov 2018 15:34

Fantastic poem of the week Jon..well deserved. A huge congratulations..??

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Chris Armstrong

Mon 12th Nov 2018 12:20

Great - like it very much. Words are what we do so its great to have an appreciation! "Words full of colour"- yes! In another place, in another context, I have recently written of "the need to use the 'right' word for a perfect emphasis or cadence was never far away! I think it is the colour of the words... or not so much their colour as those subtle hints of luminescence that surround them, lighting up the passage to show dimensions that would otherwise be lost to the reader"

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Jon Stainsby

Sat 10th Nov 2018 14:15

Thank you, Ankita

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Ankita Srivastava

Sat 10th Nov 2018 13:56

Words-- Julius Ceaser, Cassius, Brutus and Mark Antony. It was all about the words.
Loved your work.

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Jon Stainsby

Fri 9th Nov 2018 22:08

You are very kind, Hannah. Thank you.

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Hannah Collins

Fri 9th Nov 2018 19:59

This is a brilliant poem.
Great for reading aloud, as I did.
The power of words.


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Jon Stainsby

Fri 9th Nov 2018 13:26

Thank you, Big Sal, Don and Anya for the comments and Brian, Becky and Megan for the likes.

Indeed, Big Sal, with so many languages and cultures etc. it is a constant effort to try and be able to understand each other's meaning.

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Don Matthews

Fri 9th Nov 2018 12:17

I like it ?

Big Sal

Fri 9th Nov 2018 12:09

It'd be interesting to see how speech patterns and words developed at the earliest stage. Language is indeed unique, and its existence is shadowed in vague references and one unlike any other.

Like the boy Em once said, "Words can de-grate, and they can teach hate."

Great piece, Jon. It brings about this labyrinthine obstacle I'm not sure we will ever overcome.

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