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The Urgent Necessity of Words

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I have grown to hate the urgent necessity of words…
poetic in their expression, as though they cannot be, any longer, spoken in something longer than short bursts of weak prose…

I have grown to hate the uselessness of words…
volumes of thought, stripped bare of all muscle and sinew, till all that’s left to show for it is the bleached bones of time…

I have grown to hate the feeble sounds of words…
their drone as repetitive as an infant’s vocabulary of need, never more expressive than I will, I want, I always I…

I have grown to hate the self-awareness of words…
knowledge without understanding, always one step behind, late for every good thing, yet right on time for eulogy…

I have grown to hate the hopefulness of words…
bright future in the shroud of history, always rising from within, like morning sun in the eyes of an all-night drunk…

I have grown to hate the efficacy of words…
healing souls that otherwise would die, mine being the first, as in physician heal thyself before you malpractice upon others…

I have grown to hate the eternality of words…
from the time before there was time, to the time when time is again no more, and how they have found me at my most lost…

I have grown to hate the urgent necessity of words…
complete in their ability, to hurt and to make whole, to damage and to comfort, and to seal their work with forever scars…

And my understanding of their purpose.

 

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9 thoughts on “The Urgent Necessity of Words

  1. I hunger in mornings that seem dull and write words to please others rather than words to provoke thought. In evenings I find you, the one that gives me food … food I struggle to eat until I’m overfilled and know I can begin anew tomorrow.

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  2. But it could so easily be you have grown to love….

    Perhaps it was just the day.

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  3. Elizabeth Helmich on said:

    I love every bit of the hateful sentiments expressed here ❤

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    • Thank you, Elizabeth. Thank you for reading, and understanding. Years ago, there was a book written, called “The Tyranny of the Urgent”. The idea being, there are wrong things that take over your life for the right reasons, and right things that take over your life for the wrong reasons. Some days, we remember both sides of that equation to see things exactly as they are.

      Good news is, we can all still love the words… right?

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  4. Frankly, Mr. Shankly, I thought I was the only other one who referred to their poetry as “bloody awful poetry.”
    Nice to meet a kindred spirit.

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