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2021-02-20T03:59:49-05:00February 22nd, 2021|Parenthood|

The power of words

She is seven
and experimenting
with the power of her words
as though she just grew claws

she places a few together
and nudges them towards me

“did that hurt your feelings, mama”

she asks with genuine curiosity
and even though I know
she doesn’t mean it
I can’t help but flinch

so she runs after the words
bursting into tears
trying to gather them back

but I explain how words get swallowed
and land in the heart

and as I hold her in my arms
she grows quiet
stops crying
and then wonders out loud
why we didn’t invent
an alphabet with letters
whose edges
weren’t
so sharp.

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