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.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. sevoiland says:

    Your words so powerful to heal my broken heart. We lost our mother yesterday; she was just shy of 98. More calm today, but leaning on my husband’s arms still.
    Thanks so much for your words, Darren.

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    1. So sorry to hear that, Sharon. Find strength in those arms and rest.


  2. sevoiland says:

    So true. I’m glad that we only use them for good.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. There are, sadly, more used for ill than good, Sharon, or so it would seem. Pity…


  3. Tanveer Rauf says:

    what a lesson for us all to ponder

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Tanveer Rauf says:

        peace and blessings to you Darren 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  4. stevetanham says:

    Lovely poem, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you very much 😊


  5. kcg1974 says:

    Lovely ‘words.’


    1. Thank you very much.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Rita says:

    Oh, what a magnificent piece my friend. Simply beautiful and felt deep in the heart ❤


    1. Thanks Rita, that means a lot to me😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rita says:

        Smiles from this heart to yours!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Keep Smiling 😊


  7. olganm says:

    If only we talked more, and especially we listened more… Thanks for a powerful poem, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yes indeed. Thanks Olga.


  8. joylennick says:

    Excellent poem Darren. The right word, in the right ear, at the right time could prevent wars and move mountains…well hillocks!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Powerful stuff, Joy. Thanks.


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