How often do you think about the words you use?
Do you say certain words because you like the clarity, the directness
of the ideas they present?
How about the way they roll off your tongue,
or force your mouth to contort
into wild shapes you hope will never be caught
in a photograph?
Do you like words that sound heavy
Words that bring in other cultures,
nationalities, tastes, smells,
and the moments after rain?
Words that hurt more than a blow to the face
or words that comfort
just as much as a friend’s embrace?
How often do you think of the words that are origins of words,
The ocean of language
is never still,
it swirls and eddies
just as much as the world
that gives them life.