Words are

tools of expression,

but oh, so limited.

They need to be learned

and cannot break

the barriers of language

dialect, accent and culture.


My body speaks

just what I think,

no more, no less.

I can speak to animals

and humans alike.

I love, I care,

I look, I stare.


Yet, I need words

to frame my own thoughts

and label feelings,

to ignore the tremors

but say, I do not fear,

to be depressed, but

smile and spread cheer.


Words are the barriers

between me and myself

Words are a mask

Words are diplomacy

Words were created

as tools of manipulation

not expression.


Inspired by JSW Writing Challenge






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