“One kind word can warm three winter months.”
~ A Japanese proverb
Talking machine churns
And skips to the previous groove;
Rhetoric is broken
Churns the machine
Producing discord instead of sound;
A source of confusion
Word churner stirs
Audiences no longer interested
Put a lid on
For everyone has a word
But it’s layer of kindness that makes
A whole lot of difference.
For Poets United
‘Put a lid on’ I wish I could do that to the harangues of politicos. The Japanese proverb and the last stanza are after my heart. So beautiful Khaya.
“layer of kindness”
When this is missing communication IS broken, though words are churned ceaselessly.
A wonderful poem!
I enjoyed the churning of your words, particularly the talking machine that skips so that rhetoric is broken!
Like that phrase, “word churner”. At times we are all guilty of such a thing. It is only when we write from both mind and heart, that we create a space where peace and kindness will abide,
Brilliantly written! Wonderful! I love this one Khaya.
I see “Happy Baby Crow” on your side bar! I’m waving! LOL!
Can’t help but think of our political leaders – churning shallow words. I like the poem and the proverb too.
Words are beautiful but they must be used carefully. We must be careful not to churn out our words thoughtlessly.
Lovely, Khaya. There are so word-churners that should put a lid on it! A little kindness does go a long way. <3
‘A layer of kindness’ is a beautiful phrase. I love the Japanese quote.
Indeed a kind word can warm three winter months!
That layer of kindness indeed makes all the difference.
Me too, Sumana. I wish I could just put a lid on it.
And words are churned ceaselessly, they often fall on deaf ears.
Thanks Kim. I used to hear stories of a talking machine (gramophone) from my parents, when growing up. 🙂
“It is only when we write from both mind and heart…”, I strongly agree.
Thanks dear, Stacy. And yeah, the “Happy Baby Crow” waves back. 😀 I shared the painting on Instagram for Valentines…Lol! Sending big hugs your way.
Yes political comes to mind. Thank you for reading, Myrna.
I couldn’t agree with you more Robin.
It does go a long way. Thanks popping by Diana for a visit. Much appreciated.<3
I’m glad you agree, Rajani!
Just one word of kindness can go a long way.
Thank you, Sreeja!
The manner in which a single word is presented can make all the difference! Well said.
That is too cute! LOL! Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day! Big Hugs!
Oh, you are so right. Well said.
Thanks Stacy. In Finland, Valentine’s day is equal to Friend’s day (Ystävänpäivä). That is, it’s not set apart for lovers only but inclusive of family, friends, neighbours, colleagues, and so forth. I find this a lovely way to show some love to important people in our lives. 🙂
Glad you agree, Rosemary.
Words need to be backed up by actions, otherwise they are meaningless.
True that, Rall!
Word churners made me think about the soul scrolls in “A handmaid’s tale”… meaningless if not backed up by any sense… and actually praying without anyone listening or reading… empty words.
Now why does that remind me of our politicians who churn out words, and words and words of rhetoric with little meaning and with little substance, words that never amount to anything, and definitely not a kindly deed to back them up!
Wonderful writing, Khaya!
More words. More words. More words. But make sure they’re just right 😉
Khaya, I love the Japanese proverb at the start of this post … and your poem elaborates how amongst all the words, often so meaningless, there is little of kindness! More hush, more thought can go a long way to rectifying this and yes, it does make such a difference to all of us. A thought-provoking poem with depth.
Thanks Annika, I’m glad you find this piece thought-provoking. We live in stressful times. And with more communication nowadays happening via our screens, I believe a bit of kindness is much needed.
True that, words are meaningless if not backed by any sense. I haven’t read Margaret Atwood’s A handmaid’s tale, but it sounds like a book I could enjoy.
Thanks Nicholas! Yes, I guess politics is an occupation where word churners thrive.
And that is the biggest challenge, making sure they’re just right. 😀
Words without soul make noise
none can feel.
This is precious truth, my dear Khaya.
Like how you put it. Thanks Maga.