A Few Words About Words

So Valentine’s Day was lovely. I’m down a box of chocolates and in need of some serious yoga and cardio to recover from the sugary effects of my Russell Stover indulgence. In addition to eating too much, I gorged on great content online. I had the pleasure of reading so many posts and affectionate letters written by bloggers in my circles. Here are a few:

If there’s one thing I love, it’s words. I treasure the cards I receive on Valentine’s Day and other special occasions. I stash them in a drawer and reread them when my soul needs soothing. Still, we can’t rely on our Valentine’s Day sentiments to convey love to those we care about. It’s a daily effort. Never leave a compliment on your lips. 

And while it’s so important to use our words to build others up, it’s even more significant to refrain from lashing out in anger. Did you know it takes seven compliments to counteract a single negative comment? Even so, some words stay with us forever. Sometimes a flood of tender, well-meaning words can’t wash away the pain of a few sharp words.

Before we set our words free, we ought to ask ourselves the following questions…

Is it true?

Is it kind?

Is it necessary?

I know this is tough, but I’m up for the challenge — are you? Here’s a poem I wrote to remind myself to be more cautious with my words. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below…

Dark Hooves

I tried to catch the words as they flew from my lips,

but they could not be corralled. 

Like wild horses they trampled, reckless and unrestrained,

their dark hooves leaving prints in the soil between us.  

I speak with caution now, weighing every word on the scales behind my teeth; tasting their quality as a chef samples sauce for the meal.

And though new, sweeter words travel between us now, the remnants of the old remain…

stamped like dark hooves on the clay of your heart.


  • Teri
    February 15, 2016

    Words are so powerful. It’s true. Kindness goes a long way.

    • Rica Lewis
      February 15, 2016

      You’re right, Terri! Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  • Rosemond
    February 16, 2016

    Beautiful words and imagery. There is power in words, thanks for sharing yours with us. And I’m on a post Vday cleanup too. Overindulging….ugh.

    • Rica Lewis
      February 16, 2016

      Ha ha! Thanks for your kindness, Rosemond. Good luck with your cleanup 🙂

  • Tamuria
    February 17, 2016

    I love your poem! You have put it so perfectly how the terrible words that escape our lips can leave their mark forever and even kind, loving words cannot wash them away. So true too, that we should never leave a compliment on our lips.

    • Rica Lewis
      February 17, 2016

      Thank you, Tamuria! So glad you could relate. 🙂

  • Crystal // Dreams, etc.
    February 17, 2016

    I love your poem! It’s so true… words that hurt are like hooves that leave marks behind. Great post!

  • Michelle Morgan
    February 20, 2016

    Thankyou so much for sharing my post xx

    • Rica Lewis
      February 21, 2016

      My pleasure, Michelle! I love to connect and share 🙂

  • Bethany
    March 14, 2016

    Beautifully written, and I love the sentiment. I should be more conscious of my words!!

  • Kelly
    March 15, 2016

    Your poem is truth. Every time you let hurtful words out, they do damage that might heal, but always leaves a scar. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Rica Lewis
      March 15, 2016

      Thanks for connecting, Kelly! Glad you enjoyed what you read.

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    April 25, 2016

    Yes, sometimes my words run like wild horses – out of my mouth, before I can stop them and trampling over other people’s feelings. I’m getting better at holding back now.

    • Rica Lewis
      April 25, 2016

      It does take practice, doesn’t it, Corinne? Thanks for reading and commenting!

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