Careless Words

leaves plucked
from childhood trees

and pebbles scuffed
with the shoe,

seem flecks of

tossed to the wind,

bits and crumbs
brushed to the floor

delighting the dog,
and heedlessly

wounding the soul

*Careless words stab like a sword,
but the words of the wise bring healing. (Proverbs 12:18)

*…on the day of judgment people will give an account
for every careless word they have spoken… (Matthew 12:36)

Linking today with: Warrior Poet Circle at Endless Impact

And sharing at Open Link Night at DversePoets



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14 responses to “Careless Words

  1. Oh, Cindee. This is so true. No matter how much we love someone, a careless word spoken without thought can hurt forever.


  2. Well done!
    I so often “absently toss”. It’s deplorable.
    Your kind, caring words, however, are a balm to the soul.
    Offer up more, please. 🙂


  3. Wonderful poem, Cindee. We don’t know the pain we cause with our carelessness. Thanks so much for joining me in this. 🙂


  4. I love this, Cindy. “delighting the dog, and heedlessly wounding the soul.” Your photos are a stunning abstraction of this wound.


  5. susie snider

    Oh THANK GOD He forgives us. Hopefully those people we hurt also find it in their heart to forgive us.


  6. You are so right, careless words cause a great deal of pain, and once spoken, cannot be taken back. I love your poetry and your photos, Cindee.


  7. but those little details…the pebbles, the leaves, the dog, us…we all tie together in something much more significant…and words…they are truly dangerous…


  8. I agree with Brian. I love it when you are able to teach such an important lesson without being preachy or overt. Your blog is lovely, as is your spirit. Victoria


  9. beautiful words , as ever, even though the message was one that was sobering


  10. your words here are powerful and I absolutely appreciate the bible verses.


  11. Hi Cindee, love the photo and the poem… oh, the power of words.


  12. incredible poetry, lovely imagery.



  13. Very nicely done. I like the compactness of this. Even without the biblical allusion, this works I think.


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