Little Girl, Be Careful What You Say

June 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm (The Ring of Words)

Little girl,be careful what you say

when you make talk with words,words-
for words are made of syllables
and syllables, child, are made of air-
and air is so thin-air is the breath of God-
air is finer then fire or mist,
finer then water or moonlight,
finer then spider-webs in the moon,
finer then water-flowers in the morning
and words are strong,too
stronger then rocks or steel
stronger than potatoes,corn,fish,cattle,
and soft,too,soft as little pigeon eggs,
soft as the music of hummingbird wings.
So, little girl,when you speak greetings,
be careful,be careless,be careful,
be what you wish to be.
Carl Sandburg
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