Lyric Fire: Words Are Power!

words are power

spoken or written

they can form a steel tower

so lofty and flighty

you think you can climb them

then you wake up the next day

and you can’t even find them


how can something so strong in meaning

and beautiful in a verse

cut you so deep that they can make your heart hurt?


why? huh? you say you can’t understand

how words you can’t touch can break a woman?


well let me tell you like this

remember the song that was playing when you had your first kiss?

uh-huh – of course you do

music composed with words live inside of you

they seep into your blood stream

and survive forever in your system

they color up your memories and make your soul perk up and listen


still don’t get it?

still can’t see the vision?

that’s cool, it’s all love

yeah, that’s peace

it’s cool as a fan

and sizzling hot like chicken grease


but just know that we communicate with words

hugs are cool

touches are great

but without words an embrace can dissipate

letters linger, massage and caress

settle in your inner

like birds chill in a nest


so the next time you get close and want to profess your like

remember that your words have a helluva might

they have more strength than you can imagine

it’s like a crowd filled with fans and Common is rapping


they can be hypnotic and leave you in a daze

make you weak, give you hope and sunny up your day


words can also break your world

leave you naked in a desert amidst the dust swirls


but as long as you believe in the power you have within

words will never destroy your spirit or will

because you can rearrange those same words to help you heal

and that’s real!



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Dec 19, 2011 | Posted by in Blog, Tamstarz Poetry | 21 comments

Comments (21 Responses)

  1. Bloody Terrific Tam, in hindi we have a term “JHAKKAS”, which means SPECTACULAR n i use it wen i like and feel somethin strongly.
    So for me this is “JHAKKAS” πŸ˜›
    Love gal…njy;)

  2. Janaki Nagaraj says:

    This is awesome…such a beautiful message.

  3. β€œWatch your thoughts, for they become words.
    Watch your words, for they become actions.
    Watch your actions, for they become habits.
    Watch your habits, for they become character.
    Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”
    Very well written Tameka…

  4. Pamela says:

    Amen, sistah. Love it. Words are sooo powerful. They can contain life or death or a plethora in between! xo

  5. sulekha says:

    Tameka, Your words are magical and so true. Love the way you think and write.

  6. Words can build or break – the choice is ours!

  7. Savy says:

    Great post… Words have so much power that we forget what we say especially in anger!

  8. melissa says:

    Oh I love this Tameka :* esp. that part on rearranging those ‘same’ words to help you heal.
    They are powerful because words are alive πŸ™‚ So, I promised God to offer a blessing instead of a curse, to tell the truth despite of oppositions, to be gentler and kinder to every creature I meet. And to sing those words to make them twice as powerful πŸ˜›
    And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
    There’s so much to reflect on your post πŸ™‚

  9. rimly says:

    This reminds me of my poem “Words”.Yes words are powerful, they can cut you deep as well as melt you to the core. But as you say it is you have the power to change them for something positive. Loved this Tameka

  10. TheChronicR says:

    This is very true. Words do have huge power. Great poem.

  11. Wow, MANI that is beautiful. I love that word! I’m thrilled that you liked it so much! Yay! πŸ™‚
    Thanks JANAKI! πŸ™‚
    Wise words ALPANA! So very true. Thanks so much!
    Isn’t that the truth PAMELA??? Thanks for your visit!
    Awww, SULEKHA, that means the world to me! Thank you!
    Say it again sister CORINNE!
    MELISSA, thanks for your kind words and for getting me and what I’m trying to say. That means a whole lot to me.
    Hi RIMLY! I’m gonna search on your blog for your poem. I’d really like to read it. Thanks for always bringing light to my blog!
    Thanks JOHN! So true indeed!

  12. jan says:

    Wonderful poem. Words are as sharp as a knife or as soft as a warm bath.I love yours.

  13. Thanks so much Jan! I truly appreciate that!

  14. Andy says:

    Hello Tameka.
    I echo everyone’s sentiments & more. Great rhythm & flow. This reminds me of one of those open mic events. You’re on stage wowing the crowd with your lyrics & everybody’s in a frenzy because they’re “feelin” it. πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for sharing & visiting. I appreciate the comments.

  15. nice, nice… a fun read & still powerful.. a lot of meaning in these words

  16. Hi, Tameka! ~
    God knows, I love words! But, I don’t know if I agree that they’re better than other forms of communication, like hugs, for example.
    My ex-husband, the Darkly Gifted Songwriter, used to say, “Words are all we have.” It is possibly true that’s all he has, but, that’s not all I have…

  17. Hi ANTHONY! Thanks for your comments and your visit. Happy New Year!

  18. ANDY, thanks so much! I think I will recite this in a slam soon. It does have a nice rhythm. Happy New Year dear!

  19. Hey LINDA! I didn’t say words were better, we need words and physical intimacy! But there are times when a touch is meaningless and used only for one’s own satisfaction. Words can be used that way as well, but when they are pure and true, how amazing. I hear you though! We need both! Happy New Year!

  20. Words can make or break your world. Love this piece.
    Keep writing so we can keep reading.

  21. Welcome The Poetry Diner and thank you! It’s so nice to see that you’ve visited! I will have lots more posts on tap soon. Just settling into the new year! Cheers!

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