The written word is a powerful thing, from a simple rhyme to a song we can sing. With music and melody, emotions are stirred, they live in your memory from the day they are heard. Words of love in a letter so sweet, a promise or vow from a dear heart, to keep. Simple words and yet meaning so much, caressing within, your heart they do touch. Words of dear thanks and appreciation, for helping out in a tense situation. Words of support when life takes so much, helping you heal without even a touch. Words of hate that hurt you deep down, chilling your soul until you feel you must drown. Words of deceit and careless lies, till running like rivers, the tears from your eyes. Words of defeat, unacceptable to all, the merest utterance can cause us to fall. Words of defiance; of steely mettle, no problem too large for us all to settle. Words of comfort on our darkest days, a shoulder to lean on when feeling dismayed. Until the soul recovers, with loud battle roar! Words of victory as we settle the score. * Written by Darren Scanlon, 17th May 2014. Revised 14th October 2015. ©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.