You should weigh them

before speaking your thoughts,

because they could hurt, even

if you didn't mean it that way.

When angry, you can’t stop them.

Thinking them over wouldn’t work,


emotions dictate your say.

But sweet are the words that are

honestly spoken, right from the heart.

They’re uplifting and comforting

for those who are in want.

Words, they come in various ways.

So many to choose from.

The harsh, sweet and comforting.

We really need them, all.

Joke van der Ark

Nr. 1006b – 5 december 2021