“They are only words” you say, “not meant to be taken to heart.”
A tease, a joke, a careless word, a laugh that you take part.
You say it as a passing word it doesn’t mean much to you.
you don’t think it matters to others, what you do?
But deep down, if you knew, would you care?
Would you mind how the others fare?
Would you care that you’ve hurt someone deep,
if you knew that they were hurt could you still sleep?
If someone, because of you, was in pain
could you say those words, do those things again?
Or would you just shrug it off, saying we do what we do.
Does it really mean nothing to you?
It doesn’t matter if you’ve pushed someone down
as long as you can swim while they drown?
You push yourself over someone so you can stand
Using a tool meant to build up to tear down. your own hand.
Is it your way of explaining that you are better than someone?
That you can claim to better than at least one.
In so doing you proclaim yourself judge just to say “I am better than you.”
Who are you to decide who is better? Do tell. Who?
Does not every human have reason to live?
Does not human have something to this world to give.
You say that it is their fault that your words hurt
that it is because they’re inferior that they can feel like dirt?
I wonder if you looked at them, looked at their tears
looked at their bleeding hearts and their fears
looked at their breaking soul and shaking hands,
their insecurities wrapping around them like chained bands
looked at the walls closing in around them because they feel so alone.
Saw that they turn around to be beaten by their life’s pain grown.
They cry out because all they need is a purpose
and they find nothing with eyes glazed over, listless.
They are just words you say, did you say them from the kindness of your heart?
What else are words for but your thoughts to impart?
There is no such thing as an idle word.
Don’t you know it was words that started this world?
And in the end it is words that will bring it all down.
They are words you say?
Words are what make or break a day
idle words, thoughtless words, simply a trifle
a harmless word that kills like a rifle?
you think words cannot destroy or kill?
Words don’t take thought, and they don’t need skill,
they are spoken in haste, in a jest
and they cannot be stopped by a bullet proof vest.
Words will kill, if you let them slip through.
Does this still not matter to you?
Perhaps it doesn’t right now, but it will
when someone’s words render you still.
When in anger is said a word
that strikes a painful chord.
Maybe then you will start to think
of all the words you’ve said that can lead to the brink.
maybe than you will be kind
before blurting out words in the blind.
Because the words we say
will eventually make us pay.
“If you propose to speak, always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.”
I’m not so sure who the author of this quote is, I’ve seen a lot of different names attached to it. I do believe though that if mankind could take this to heart and use it, this world would be so much better off. A lot of people underestimate the power of words. And some people know it has power and still say horrible things. I know there is a Proverb from the Bible that says “He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.”
Take caution in what you say, and filter the words you hear. So you can be both kind and strong.