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Words Matter
by Helga Ross

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
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For the victims everywhere…

Words lend us powers to wound and repair,
they’re our weapons to weigh when we engage;
winnow a whine; speak with voice of the sage;
fine wine our linguistic grapes, we who care.
Let us speak for those who cannot speak, dare
revive lives forestalled and hopes failed; our rage
and pain be tools we target to assuage
those whose suffering through serving we share.
They’d have made music, the missed beats we miss;
ours to write the dance, undying fashion,
inscribe the legacy their loss demands.
Words, plied like an irresistible kiss;
wound’s rapier thrust; whisper’s compassion:
We parry the point so conscience commands.

© Helga Ross 2004, 2006

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Reviewed by Bill Grimes Jr. 2/24/2007
"Let us speak for those who cannot speak, dare
revive lives forestalled and hopes failed; our rage
and pain be tools we target to assuage
those whose suffering through serving we share."

This is so beautiful Helga! I greatly admire your passionate work.


Reviewed by ya mama (Reader) 3/18/2004
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/18/2004
Wisely meaningful, Helga. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by jude forese 3/18/2004
a very powerful poem!
Reviewed by Carmen Ruggero 3/18/2004
"Surrender lament for songs rare.
They’d have made the music we must find
to fashion; reform this dance with passion
from lessons past - Present, future demands."

I think this needs to be a mandatory bedtime prayer!

Maybe, eventually, it'll sink in.

Carmen :-)
Reviewed by na na (Reader) 3/17/2004
Yes, words do matter. Our society is held together by the words of our forefathers. Within the written word, much of our important past would be forgotten. Bill Murray
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 3/17/2004
Powerful poem and message.
Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 3/17/2004
What a shame!!!Excellent Petrarchan rhyme scheme(abbaabbacdecde)...Helga!
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/17/2004
Excellent sonnet! Still I say, shame on Spain!
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 3/17/2004
Very insightful writing Helga...
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 3/17/2004
Indeed, Helga...conscience commands.
And a great command of words you have here, too!
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