Just Words

Are they just words
if we don’t feel them?
Are they just words
if we conceal them?
Are they just words
if we don’t define them?
Are they just words
if we at times confine them?

Are they just words
if we don’t mean them?
Are they just words
if we simply dream them?
Are they just words
if they float unwanted?
Are they just words
if by them we’re haunted?

Are they just words
if not understood?
Are they just words
if gone for good?
Are they just words
if memory doesn’t serve?
Are they just words
if they throw a curve?

Are they just words
if we’ve lost our way?
Are they just words
unless having our say?
Are they just words
if secrets are told?
Are they just words
if they may be so bold?

Are they just words
if they conspire?
Are they just words
if they conceive?
Are they just words
if they inspire?
Are they just words
if they help you believe?

Are they just words
if love they express?
Are they just words
if hate they confess?
Are they just words
if they don’t make a mess?
Are they just words
if they make you guess?

Are they just words
if they confuse?
Are they just words
if they don’t amuse?
Are they just words
if you don’t want to hear?
Are they just words
if they’re nowhere near?

Are they just words
if we know the illusion?
Are they just words
if we share the collusion?
Are they just words
if they influence faces?
Are they just words
if from unjust places?

Are they just words
if they’re not our own?
Are they just words
if from them we’ve grown?
Are they just words
if they’re at a loss?
Are they just words
if coming at a cost?

Are they just words
if they form a lie?
Are they just words
if truth runs spry?
Are they just words
if they persuade us to try?
Are they just words
if we prefer to defy?

Are they just words
if they cause the blind to see?
Are they just words
if they keep innocents free?
Are they just words
if they’re just in time?
Are they just words
if they set right a crime?

Are they just words
if they offer a thrill?
Are they just words
if your heart they fill?
Are they just words
if wars they cease?
Are they just words
if they’re the missing piece?

Are they just words
if tears they end?
Are they just words
if they make a friend?
Are they just words
if they shine so bright?
Are they just words
if they banish our fright?

Are they just words
if they hug so strong?
Are they just words
if they’re a soothing song?
Are they just words
if they emulate the rain?
Are they just words
if they can ease the pain?

Are they just words?
Can they be anything more?
Can they be anything more
than just words?

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4 thoughts on “Just Words

  1. I really liked the concept of this poem and it got me in. As I moved through it started feel a bit tedious. But that may also be the point, that at times our words really struggle to hold our attention in the two-way street we call communication. I like what is happening in this poem. Are they just words? No, they express our frustration when we perceive we are not heard and understood. 🙂

    1. Good catch. I wanted to express how tired I sometimes feel when someone talks to me for a lot longer than I’d prefer. I’m sure you’ve had that experience of politely interrupting the person and excusing yourself because you needed to just get away and get back to your own work or whatever you were doing.

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. 🙂

      1. Yes. I’ve had the experience you describe. Had one only three days ago. Further to all that, you shared your grasp of that kind of experience even with a lovely rhyme scheme all the way to the end. 🙂

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