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  What's the Secret [Word]?
by Phyllis Jean Green
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Give you a hint:  rhymes with bird.
Give you another:  say it won't harm.
These also rhyme:  curd, nerd, spurred.
Some are boring, some have charm.

"In the beginning" is a good clue.
Found in every house in every land.
It can be false, or it can be true .
Few things are more often in demand.

Let's see.  What else?  It is very useful,
Yet wasted like you would not believe.
Wish I could say it is always truthful.
Can be used to express joy, and to grieve.

There are so many versions of each,
Yet most of us know only one or two.
Most Americans think a peach is a peach.
Other ____s for it, don’t have a clue.

Sometimes there are not enough.
Mostly too many, it would seem.
All too often, they are rough,
Poets polish them until they gleam.

Haven't guessed, here's hint number whatever.
If sticks and stones can break our bones,
What is said not to by the not-so-clever?
Come on, you know this one, homes.

Google, Facebook, Tweet. and Twitter
Would fold without this four-letter [what]?
Shame on you if you’re starting to titter,
Thinking four-letters means dirty.  Not!

Can be dirty, can be sweet and clean.
Countries stayed as neutral, be peace.
Trouble is, a lot who use them are mean.
Shame on them, right?  Desist and cease!

Thought sure you’d get it. Think  dictionary.
Think thesaurus, express, symbol, grammar.
Even need it when playing Pictionary.
Big ones often tend to make us stammer.

Love them, myself.  Da-de-fi-fo-ta-de-ta-dum
More syllables, the better,  I say.
Baby's start with  mama or papa or da or mum.
Others do great harm, for which we all pay.

Haven't guessed yet?  You out of your head?
Last one, listen up:  grunts were not enough
So we came up with  _____s to use instead.
Keep multiplying is what makes it tough. 

We can make words work for us, I think.
Just need to write, speak, and sign with care.
Not use words that sting or just plain stink.
Use more love and thanks and help and fair!

              (c) Phyllis Jean Green   
                                                May, 2011                                          



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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/4/2011
A fine ode to the power of words, Pea. You have done a masterful piece of work here. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by JMS Bell 6/4/2011
Reviewed by William Bonilla 6/3/2011
an excellent write
thank you for sharing

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/29/2011
Holy goodness. What's the Secret? [Word]? YOURS, dear Pea. YOURS. And I am grateful for your gift. Brilliant.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 5/29/2011
This was hard work to write, Pea, but so fun to read...Love it!!
Take care,
Reviewed by jude forese 5/29/2011
clever and fun to read!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/27/2011
Word up! I caught on in the second stanza. I'm usually not that good, but something told me that word was the word, so I heard, I heard. This was well thought out and very entertaining. Something that English teachers could use to intrigue their students and get them more interested in the essence of words.

Reviewed by Sheila Roy 5/27/2011
Witty, Phyllis, and a pleasure to read. I like the way you think!
Reviewed by D. Vaineo 5/27/2011
Phyllis, Very clever!
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen 5/26/2011
Well done, Phyllis!
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/24/2011
Wonderful writing indeed sweet lady...Hugsss
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 5/23/2011


Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/23/2011
Goodness gracious! Sure got my head spinning more than usual. What a fantastic piece...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/23/2011
You've made us work overtime Phyllis. Great write.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/23/2011
Phyllis, in a word or maybe ten, you're the top!
Thanks for sharing the fun. -gene.
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 5/23/2011
Such a fun write, Phyllis, so strongly individualistic and playful!
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 5/23/2011
clever!! I love it!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/23/2011
So much power in little words.
Reviewed by TONY NERONE 5/23/2011
Again another writing presented ny you that make me feel so amorous. If I have not written it before let me say, You're a great writer Phyllis.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 5/22/2011
in the beginning was the word :)

very creative Phyllis Jean.
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 5/22/2011
I give up. I'm falling on my (s)word. Patrick
Reviewed by neerja gandhi 5/22/2011
awww...what is itt,bitte is what i can think...awww..

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