Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Word

       “Poetry is an emotion that has found its thought and the thought has found words.” — Robert Frost

“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.”— John C. maxwell

        Midweek Motif ~ Word  

Word is like air for wordsmiths to breathe. It is their voice, their world. It gives them a wonderful path, assures a magical journey and destination.

While Kipling emphasizes that words are the most powerful drug used by mankind, to Aldous Huxley words are like X-rays if used properly can go through anything.

Who can deny the huge power of words in slogans, speeches, songs, stories and poetry?

Today’s motif is Word. We would love to see Words with wings, stings and whatever you wish to have with it.

by Edward Thomas

Out of us all
That make rhymes
Will you choose
Sometimes -
As the winds use
A crack in a wall
Or a drain,
Their joy or their pain
To whistle through -
Choose me,
You English words?

I know you:
You are light as dreams,
Tough as oak,
Precious as gold,
As poppies and corn,
Or an old cloak:
Sweet as our birds
To the ear,
As the burnet rose
In the heat
Of Midsummer:
Strange as the races
Of dead and unborn:
Strange and sweet
And familiar,
To the eye,
As the dearest faces
That a man knows,
And as lost homes are:
But though older far
Than oldest yew, -
As our hills are, old, -
Worn new
Again and again:
Young as our streams
After rain:
And as dear
As the earth which you prove
That we love.

Make me content
With some sweetness
From Wales
Whose nightingales
Have no wings, -
From Wiltshire and Kent
And Herefordshire, -
And the villages there, -
From the names, and the things
No less.
Let me sometimes dance
With you,
Or climb
Or stand perchance
In ecstasy,
Fixed and free
In a rhyme,
As poets do. 

A Word
by Emily Dickinson

A word is dead
When it is said,
        Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
        That day.

Our Words
by Ruby Archer

Our words are clouds, and fleeting shadow cast
Upon the landscape of a life. Sometimes
One rests above a hillside like a blush,
And sometimes darkens more a deep ravine:
For sunny hill—a needful, pensive charm,
For dark ravine—one more degree of gloom.

Please share your new poem using Mr. Linky below and visit others in the spirit of the community—
                (Next week Susan’s Midweek Motif will be ~ Voice)


  1. Hello everyone, it seems Sumana and I were both inspired by the same quote by Buddha...

  2. Thanks Sumana for another inspiring prompt. Love that quote by John C. Maxwell.

  3. An intriguing prompt. Today my word is Home! Have been away and am heading through the mountains this morning. I will catch up with you all later, once i am safely back.

    1. O, I'm glad you will be HOME!

    2. Be safe! Sounds like you'll have some great pictures to share. Looking forward to them. Take care and see you soon!

  4. Hi Everyone. On Valentine's and every day, I wish you love.

  5. Thank you for inspiring us with your word(s), Sumana, and happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for hosting again, Sumana.

  7. Happy Valentine's Day my friends! There's only one word for today....
    I was sick again (twice this winter) and am glad to be back. Hugs all around!

  8. Evening, Poets! Thanks, Sumana, for the compelling prompt! I looked at how words sting in this haibun. Happy Valentine's day, everyone! :)

  9. Happy Wendesday! Today was dreary and the sky full of clouds, but the birds were singing! A glorious day.

  10. Um, well, I didn't quite stick to the topic ... not exactly....

    1. I should add that a discussion group I'm in has lately been exploring Don Miguel Ruiz's "The Four Agreements" which is very much about the power of words. He even says they are magic (and no practitioner of magic I know would disagree!). Yet I went somewhere else entirely in my poem.

    2. I love that 'wordless space' speaking volumes in the poem Rosemary.


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