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A Collection of Words

March 14, 2018
By hannahwalsh BRONZE, Joliet, Illinois
hannahwalsh BRONZE, Joliet, Illinois
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The words could’ve scarred my soul like a desolate, dangerous, dry dagger

People are always saying something

Always attending strictly to talking

Always sitting back to watch what others have to say

Always getting a new line to try on people to see how it will go

I would not prepared for the bad

It would’ve deserved this name

A sense could’ve came from those words

One that did not seem welcoming

Those words could’ve torn into me viciously


Then just like that

The bad became good

I can’t explain

That’s how it was


Their words were trapped in color and dazzled by clarity

Their words were lovely beyond thought

Their words were a perfect grand review 

Their words were a piece of cake

So easy to dig into

So amazing to enjoy

They became a spraying fountain 

An explosion of dazzling jewels

The supremest possibility in art or nature 



Intolerable magnificence 

One cannot make words too strong

The author's comments:

This peice is a found poem using the passages "Travels with Charley" by John Steinbeck and "A Toast to the Old Inhabitant: The Weather of New England" by Mark Twain.  I also incorporated the theme of the change of perspectives or the two different perspectives.  I used words to show the different perspectives.  Words can have negative or positive connotation and everyone should be careful with the way they use them and this poem desribes the two perspectives.

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