Haiku Friday: Words, words, words!

Haiku Friday

James 3:2 For in many things we all offend. If any man offendeth not in word, the same [is] a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. Noah Webster Version, 1833.

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

I’m really not trying to moralize, Dear Readers, but have been thinking how much better it is to be careful what I say, rather than to apologize later for some thoughtless or hurtful thing I said. Sure, the other person might be gracious and forgive me, BUT . . . Words have consequences. They actually DO something. And, sometimes they can leave a wound that takes a long time to heal. With these thoughts in mind, I present you with my Friday Haikus:

Splash! In the water

I tossed the stone, but don’t know

Where its ripples end.

Disagreement comes

May civility remain?

Beware wounding words.

I CHOOSE what to say

Remembering thoughtfulness,

I speak to you, Friend.

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

13 Responses to “Haiku Friday: Words, words, words!”

  1. janet says:

    well-put. words are amazing gifts or a terrible weapon.

  2. I did a three haiku series, at the end of my post, and my sentiments were these exactly. Joyce, we are great minds!

  3. melissa says:

    i had to write an apology post to my sister-in-law, a while back because of something i had written in anger! she still hasn’t spoken to me…but, i’m ok with that!
    anyway…that was a terrific haiku series!!!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Well said. You can never take back hurtful words.

  5. Joyce says:

    Thank you all for your comments! I left replies over at your blogs. I was really touched by what each of you had to say.

  6. Laura says:

    Hmm..I’ll have to ask you sometime who said something bad! 😛 Sounds serious!
    Say, how do you change your font color and size like that? Some fancy Vista trick probably, huh.

  7. Bren says:

    Very thought provoking haikus!

  8. storyteller says:

    An excellent reminder for all … and your Haiku’s perfection!
    Hugs and blessings,

  9. Kathie says:

    Wonderful words- I hope I’m at least half as wise as you are by the time I’m a grandmother.

  10. I agree. Words certainly can be double edged.

  11. Eve says:

    A timely reminder. Words are the stock-in-trade for all bloggers. How easily we might offend. Three well-expressed cautions. Thank you.

  12. Marmee says:

    You can’t take back words sometimes, whether said naively or angrily or whatever! And I HATE that feeling!! I am the MASTER of putting my foot in my mouth. There’s a reason I tend to be a little on the quiet side.

  13. Joyce says:

    I’ve enjoyed going to each of your blogs and reading your haikus, too. Thanks for all the blog love!

    Marmee, I know exactly what you’re saying, and I SO identify with the needing to be extra careful. 😛

    Thanks, Kathie. You’re so sweet.