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Words Take Shape

Updated: May 25, 2020

Words. Words take shape.

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Light

Dark

Do you feel the heart?


Can you see the mark?

That acts like a spark.


Words have...

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Truth

Lie


Can you see why?


The path it lays

Starts showing us why

Words have power...

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Love

Hate


Oh, great!

I’m starting to participate


Words have power to...

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Green

Blue


They even cast a hue!

That hue seems to cover over you.


Words have power to shape...

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Kind

Mean


Which one sounds clean?

Kind sounds bright

Are you starting to see what I mean?


Words have power to shape a...

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Order

Chaos


Words start to sound like a boss

Leaving behind a certain kind of gloss


Words have power to shape a heart...

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Stupid

Smart


Can you see the direction it shapes?

At least in part?


Words have power to shape a heart...

and a mind...


Don’t do this blind

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Cool

Drool

More than one way

I can say


More than one way I can say

The impact actually starts shaping today

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Gentleman and Scholar

Wild-man that hollers


Said day after day after day

Behavior starts shaping that very way


Words have power to shape

a heart and a mind


And impacts the way I see me

At this very time

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Loser

Great


Don’t hesitate

Who do you see

from what has been said

or hollered right into my head


What is the heart of the image you see?


Impacting who you are trying to be.

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Great

Great

Great


See it take shape?


Loser

Loser

Loser


Diminished.

Squished.

Confidence pushed.

Pushed down

Down into a frown.


Now I can feel like a poser

Even if I have good stuff to show ya’

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Amazing!

Insane!


Said with great vigor


I maybe start taking on

The shape of those words

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Challenging

Terrified


One way I feel like I can make an attempt

the other leaves me frozen

too scared to try


It makes me adverse to enter...

So why? Why try?

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How is it when I was young

People would say,

“Sticks and stones can break my bones

but names can never hurt me.“


But the hurtful words

are what remain stirred

deep in the heart of me

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For those lucky few who had words poured out filled with love and life and care

Somehow I notice a consistent bounce

of a bright that seeps out from their sight


Their face can actually shine

a little bit brighter


They even become a bit of a fighter

Trying to help others to see


See their value

See their worth

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They see a foundation crack

but somehow believe

that crack can be healed

Healed with newly poured words

Sealed right there

in deep care


They come stand right there

Right next to you

In the hopes of reflecting back the truth


The truth that you’re special

The truth that you are filled

With your own unique shine


The truth that you’re needed

in this beautiful world

everyday

all the time

Words selected

That are meant just for you


Words that have impact

At first, they start shaking

And then, they start shaping

your world


From the inside out

From the outside in

I can see the impact

Again and again

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Heal

Steal

Which word hits whole?

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Master

Slave


It’s like the words

Start forming right into a soul

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Cute

Capable

Confident


Those words sound great

Defined by traits that can illuminate

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Ugly

Stupid

Weak

Ugly

Stupid

Weak


Ugly

Stupid

Weak


Crushes my spirit

Until it’s the only part that I see

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Repeat

Repeat

Repeat


Like an echo

That carves

A groove in my face


At 4 years old...

It’s the tiniest line


But by 40 it’s etched

Like a crease by my eye


By 50 I think

I don’t want that this time...

I want to erase the line and turn back time


I want the redo

The redo to choose to


Turn up the line with a smile that

Knows this true value of mine


Turn up the line with a smile

A smile this time

that is worth far more every time

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There are people that see me

Like the true treasure I am


They come close and cover with

Words that act like sealer

Sealer that works in deep and

Actually becomes just like a healer


Words have power to build or destroy

I see it every day

More

More

And more

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Joy

Sorrow

These two at odds


Joy lifts higher

And actually floats my heart up above my head


My heart rises above all the sway of the day and gives me a knowing that there is a better way


This better way starts

With the new day


With the new words that start seeping

Now that I am aware of the power that peaks out and leaves an imprint with each little word...

...no doubt


I wonder if I ran an experiment

How long it would take

for this new joy to take root?


A day or a week or even a year?


How long until it would take

for the new words to rinse

the imprints of the old words away?

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For this experiment

let’s start with an inventory

Start paying attention

to the words in each story...


Which words build up?

Which words tear down?


What is the feel of

the imprint on a mind?


Today as I listen

to so many words

I could see them

pulling down...

...into another world


You cannot do it...

Too lazy...

Too weak...

Too selfish...

Too checked out...

Ug. What did I say?


Okay.

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Let’s run this experiment again.

Come beside me

I’ll show you how


I’ll show you how to go from

Too hard to try...

To Wow!

That is even actually quite fun!


Look what you did!

Look at what all can be done!!


At the start I never would have expected...

that I could learn that; how to do!!


Wow! That was fun! Can I try it again?


Can I drive the tractor?

Can I push the plow?