When Words Fall


All the words she ever said
All she heard…
All she read…
Suddenly falling down
Like loose ends
No pattern
Upside down
Words that shaped her
Now distorting her
She had no control
She tried catching them—
They jammed in her throat
She could no longer speak.
All she learned
In school
Her generation
No longer exists.
It was hard enough for
One like me to learn!
And conform!
But changes
Twist and contort
Words she relied on
Turned to deceive
And called us ignorant
Words lost their meaning
And left her
In syllables
That no longer rhyme
Now mute
She listens
To no audible voice
Reduced to faith
She silently walks
And offers no explanation.


dVerse prompt. Is back to school. Remembering the days of school. Apologies here as I did not keep with the prompt, exactly. But I did sprinkle the essence of learning and then losing what we fought hard for.

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About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on medium.com. My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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11 Responses to When Words Fall

  1. rothpoetry says:

    We remember the wonderful and the traumatic! Volcanic words spewed at random lose all meaning, but leave a lasting scar on our souls. Beautifully done. I have a spin off of this coming to mind which I will work on in a different vein! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. rothpoetry says:

    Your last lines are very haunting!

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  3. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice ending with no use of words for an explanation. The graphic you found fits it well.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Intriguing. What happened to cause this great Unraveling? I think I know as I can see in the final lines that there is a higher learning to which you’re now committed. Many of the prophets had great difficulty with communicating and words losing their meaning right before their eyes.


  5. Reminds me of the generational differences in words. My grandchildren are woke and buy merch and I’ve been red pilled. So much going on with words these days. Your words have inspired me. Sounds like words we possess have to go through the dark night of the soul and transform.

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  6. lynn__ says:

    You describe exactly how i feel sometimes, Mary! Words mean something…at least they did.


  7. lillian says:

    What an interesting response to the prompt. LOVE the illustration….and oh yes…the words they do change…new ones come…and sometimes we use the word and folks look at us like WHAT?????


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