Words can harm, words can heal,
words restore what satan steals;
words can sing, words can spiel
holy words once multiplied one meal.
Wise words win, terse tongues blunder,
spiteful words pull people asunder;
still small voice, powerful as thunder –
Word-soaked souls no man can plunder.
Words can pray, words can plead,
merciful words kill cruel creeds;
words weave stories, words can bleed,
words spur surrender: proud people concede.
Words bring anger, words speak peace
charters redeem slaves, words release
words can start, words can cease
hope-sparked words help spirits decease.
Words from the young, words from old,
words can become prophecies foretold;
words can be timid, or gain toehold,
lumpen like lead or glittering like gold.