What’s The Word?

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Word  (posted by Sumana)
“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.”


If an employer points
to you and says, “word”,
expect more than one.

If someone says,
“my word 
is my bond”,
get it 
in writing.

Do you ever wonder
what your dog
calls himself/herself?

Does word-of-mouth
make something true?

Some people are wordy
in their writing; others
become blocked,
and are wordless.

Some words sound funny,
like ‘pickle’; others
sound harsh like ‘spit’.

When speaking with someone
use encouraging words;
their day will brighten.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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24 Responses to What’s The Word?

  1. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    What a great exploration of the way we use (or misuse) words!


  2. kanzensakura says:

    I love this Sara. Ever wonder what your dog (or cat) calls themselves? this made me smile hugely. And the admonition in the last stanza – use encouraging words….what my grandmother told me every day I left the house for school – be kind. Great work.


  3. 1sojournal says:

    We share so many words. Would that most of them were filled with kindness. Really like this one, Sarah…



  4. Sherry says:

    This poem made me smile, especially wondering what dogs call themselves.


  5. Sumana Roy says:

    Day brightening words are becoming so rare these days. A lovely poem.


  6. oldegg says:

    I am sure dogs recognise each other by their scent but bow to our insistence that they must have a name. Sadly humanity has altered the sense of their words so much that they now need lawyers to determine what they meant. What human in his right mind would call himself Old Egg!


  7. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Brilliant piece, Sara. I especially like these lines:
    use encouraging words;
    their day will brighten


  8. Myrna says:

    I enjoyed this so much especially the stanza about dogs and the last one about encouragement.


  9. Beverly Crawford says:

    Such wise thoughts on the subject. A pleasant read!


  10. MYRNA ZACH says:

    just lovely



  11. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Yes, such variety, such possibilities.


  12. jammy7000 says:

    I loved the layers of meaning, exposed polished and shiny in every verse, Sara. The last verse really made the poem, though! Great writing!


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