Words Are Bandages

Hear the voice

In the wonder of the firmament

Miles away once shrouded in mist

Standing just outside the door

Jumping up and down

Left in mid-air

Left to wander

Into the parking lot, have you forgotten me?


Follow the voice

Once on vacation

Into a cabin of hostages

And a leaving card

Whispers beguiling me

Words are bandages

A touch of tenderness

Act with a knife

Embrace the healing.


Cherish the voice

See me sweat

Salt within

Inside the walls

A place of rest

A palace of treasure

Love poured out

Cut me I bleed,

(What God does for us through Jesus Christ outside of us is one thing, and what he does in us by Jesus Christ is another thing, but the two are simultaneous, or one so immediately succeeds the other, that we hardly discern the interval. – Catherine Booth).  


Written for D’Verse – On the other hand.

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10 Responses to Words Are Bandages

  1. claudia says:

    that is an interesting write… words surely can be both – cause wounds and healing – sometimes cuts are necessary like when you do a surgery to get to the core of things and healing can happen

  2. Mary says:

    I like the progression of this poem, Alan. We have to hear the voice before we can follow the voice. And after we follow the voice we come to know the voice well and we cherish it more and more with time. A powerful statement.

  3. brian miller says:

    words have the power to give life or take it away…as to the voice we have to be able to trust it which is not always easy for people…esp when its going to cut…which seems like a bad thing, but can be good….smiles…

  4. Words have the power to heal or to hurt.. wonder sometimes if the same words can do both given the context.

    Take “let’s be friends”… could be the end of love or the start of friendship… hmmm maybe that’s a topic of poem

  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    The voice is always there waiting.

  6. Gabriella says:

    I like the idea of God making himself known through a voice, which I supposed is what it is really. After all we see the Bible as the word of God.

  7. ManicDdaily says:

    Yeowch – this takes a very intense turn, with the hostages – hard to know how to get to freedom. Very interesting. k.

  8. Awesome write, Alan; deep and full of wordly wisdom. Nice!

  9. coalkissed says:

    Great take on the prompt! I think if we remember that pruning and cutting produce growth (in the long run) we will trust that it is good. Hear, follow, cherish the Voice…wonderful progression of relationship! Really enjoyed your poem!

  10. hiroshimem says:

    Very moving, this:
    “Miles away once shrouded in mist
    Standing just outside the door”…
    I like how you weaved antithesis all through your poem; I especially liked the knife/healing one… Yes, I do embrace the healing.

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