liars say words have

no power tell you

about sticks & stones

words will do more than

break bones they can make

you invisible undo you cage you

words can kill

steal land & freedom

take away your humanity

words build nations design flags

& inform armies marching on

other words killing them making

them illegitimate along with the

folks who will become extinct

homogenized dissapeared assimilated

murdered along with the worldview

the lost words held

words can put a gun to your

temple pull the trigger &

forget you were ever born

words dress thought in flesh

so it can strut around

holding you down for

centuries words are

cures curses hexes

spells reasoning walking

words create &

erase debase & uplift

trick and comfort

enlighten & confuse

words can be villains

quite capable of

breaking bones

don’t get it backwards

beware sdrow

About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.
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