Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Shape of Words

This week in the #100Daysof Notebooking Facebook page, Cathy Hutter shared this poem from Sean Thomas Dougherty on her notebook page. 

Why Bother?

Because right now there is someone

out there with 

a wound in the exact shape

of your words.

~Sean Thomas Dougherty

It made me wonder if our words could be shapes, what would they be? What would be their purpose? This is my thinking and my hope that our words can heal, bring hope, and offer peace.

The Shape of Words

May my words 
be a circle
to wrap around you
and hold you tight
during those times
you are falling apart,

a squiggly line
to remind you to laugh
on days you want to cry,

an arrow
to gently lead you 
in another direction
when you may have lost your way,

a semicircle
to encourage you 
to open your arms 
and welcome the invitation
to breathe,
to love,
to live.

I offer you my words;
may they be the shape
you need
in this moment
of life.

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  1. Your poem is amazingly beautiful. Your words are the shape if a heart. I am so happy you wrote. Hugs.

  2. Thank you for thee beautiful, magical, comforting words!

  3. Love this poem and the focus on the healing, comforting power of words!

  4. That is absolutely fantabulous! And, Leigh Anne, your words are all those things, and more. Thank you!!!

  5. I'll take the semi-circle. I love your poem, how it's patterned by shapes to deliver such an uplifting message. Thanks!

  6. Leigh Ann, what a beautiful,creative poem you've crafted! It feels timeless and reads like a prayer.

  7. This was gorgeous. I really needed to read this today!

  8. What a powerful quote! What a beautiful poem!