What if my words could be seen on your skin?
Would I consider them more?
Carefully, tenderly picking just the right one.
Feeling the weight of each syllable heavy on my pregnant tongue.
Ready, to bring life.
Each word a balm of hope on your tired, sun-scorched heart.
The choice is mine.
At times I forget.
I refuse to see the reflection of Jesus on your face.
I pick my words like stones off the sin-stained ground.
Weighing them one-by-one.
Choosing just the right one.
To bind your tired, sun-scorched heart in chains
that might, in time, prove unbreakable.
Such power they hold.
Life, or death
on my tongue.
And your heart
in my hands.
a fragile bird,
Within my power to free, or to crush.
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