Mostly, I like my words naked,

plain and simple

sometimes straight shooting,

raw and palpable

at others sharp and jabbing words

with their asperous edges

leaving blisters on my palms and fingers

hot-headed words, scalding my tongue

but the feeling in my bones is indescribable!

Oft there are days when I have to eat them

the lacerations on my throat then

leave me abstaining for days!

thus I shun bitter, acidic words

letting them stew in their juices

just to make them more palatable.

I do dress them prettily in metaphors too

to preen and please and garner some applause

also sometimes in malaphors to generate weak laughs

usually poking fun at self

which leaves my ribs a bit sore.

I hide behind obscurity too

for sometimes their forwardness

startles and baffles me

I fear then, I give away too much of me!

I paint surreal images too

but the orange pain that warms my skin

prefers not to hide behind lace-like layers

that tries to curtain it

thus leaving me exposed.

leaving them hanging in air does not help

they follow me like question marks

demanding to be articulated

playing with words all the time,

I become a plaything for them.

75 thoughts on “Words…

  1. Fantastic Punam …just ran through the entire course of the poem , excited to see where it would take me …will read it again tomorrow with my cuppa savouring every word , every image !!

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      1. You know, I think words are very lucky to find themselves in your capable presence. I would gladly eat your words, they sustain and nourish me, revive me, make me think, laugh, cry, inspire me, and make me admire you. I LOVE this poem, so much sweet friend, and I’ve missed your words terribly.

        β€œbut the orange pain that warms my skin
        prefers not to hide behind lace-like layers.
        leaving them hanging in air does not help
        they follow me like question marks
        demanding to be articulated”

        Wow, gorgeous. Hope you are well, and I’m sending love and hugs ❀️❀️


      2. Rachel, you often leave me searching for words to thank you as beautiful as your words! I know I am very lucky to be showered with so much love!
        I don’t know whether I deserve it or not but I feel truly blessed!
        Thank you so much, my gorgeous friend. Know that your love and hugs are the cherry on the cake! Much love to you. ❀️❀️😘

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      3. You deserve to be showered with love, and you deserve the cherry on the cake! And the cake as well. You deserve it all. I hope you’re having a good week 😘❀️❀️

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      1. Reread this again and loved it even more!! Especially loved portraying words as naked! I want to thank you so much for providing the seed of inspiration for the new poem that blossomed for me – THE NAKED TRUTH! So grateful for the spark of inspiration that your words provided! If you might have an interest in seeing/reading it please email me at – chucklindholm@hotmail.com and I will send it to you!!!

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