Weapons, comfort and existence.

Words are my addiction; sometimes soft:
a butterfly and sound of trees, or
scent of snow — But
words are often harsher,
metals, minerals the kind you forge for war:
the rat-ta-ta from trenches,
daggers, venom, agent orange,
bombs and buzzards.

And afterwards the words are grey:
as morgues, the thistle and a silence of the birds,
it’s dusk, it’s mud and rain. But still
the worlds are my addiction. Warm or cold
but never tepid.
That’s why my words are
weapons, comfort and existence.

Song without words by Lynd Ward

At toads Magaly wants us to write a poem that explores one or three (even thirteen) things you believe words can do for you and others. I will also link up to Poetry Pantry tomorrow morning.

January 27, 2018

35 responses to “Weapons, comfort and existence.

  1. I like your three things, Bjorn. I will have to think about this for myself. Right now I am very aware of just how words can be weaponized. And, I must say, I am glad that you continue to be addicted to words!

  2. This is very good. I really like these lines:

    “the rat-ta-ta from trenches,
    daggers, venom, agent orange”

    “And afterwards the words are grey:
    as morgues, the thistle and a silence of the birds,
    it’s dusk, it’s mud and rain.”

    “Warm or cold
    but never tepid.”

  3. Yes, yes, yes! Especially that glorious ending (and title). The best things we can find in life are those that can be reshaped into anything we need. And words are certainly that.

  4. You leave me to think about. Us words addicts crave the right ones but can’t put them in other people’s mouths.

  5. Wonderfully constructed and powerfully rendered. I’m not sure if there is a poetic term for this type of intermingled metaphor. If not – there probably should be. What you have done here, is brilliant!

  6. But words are often harsher,
    metals, minerals the kind you forge for war:

    wonderful compliment to the softer ideas of butterflies, trees and the scent of snow …. which is a gorgeous idea ….. loved the juxtapositions and images you’ve created …. and the idea of words being minerals …. brings me completely to mind of how they can and become living breathing entities of themselves ….

  7. kaykuala

    Beautiful writing Bjorn! Combining and balancing them in softer moods to the violence of war. Contrast and similarity within the short space, beautifully done!

    Hank

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