2022-03-03T12:29:29-08:00February 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.

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
so sharp.

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