Dangerous words

let's dare not define

Do words rise like hard sharp metal in your world,

cutting decisive edges against the mind’s fuzzy not-knowing?

When you think “tree” what do you imagine?

Does your brain make limbs nice and tidy, green, rooted, leaves?

Or does it account for roaring wind,

leafless bones,

roots so thick your fingers can’t embrace them?

Can “tree” leap and escape from the labyrinth of your definition?

Can “tree” burst out of the prison of the mind’s labeling?

Can “tree” scurry beyond all words destined to root it,

define it, kill it, destroy it, wring aliveness from weeping twigs?

When you box “tree” in a nice human compartment,

can it rise in the depths of a December night

and walk away?

Can it purr to coyotes?

Can it sing to wolves?

Can it reach its long spider arms down from the sky and

pull you from your soft warm sheets and shake you awake?

Will you let “tree” into your bedroom tonight

as creeping vines twine through your open window,

past flung-back blankets,

into the red beating flush of your boundless heart

which beckons dangerous words closer, only to

sprout them into pussy willows of

endless possibility,

soft as sweet December snow.




6 thoughts on “Dangerous words

  1. Lovely lovely lovely! This goes right along with Adyashanti’s descriptions of the relationship of words to ‘reality” in his latest book Falling into Grace, which I just finished and am starting again immediately!
    But he doesn’t have your poetic soul, Kathy! You sure do.

    I answer this call you put forth!


  2. Thank you, every one. I am pondering right now if “thanks” can be a dangerous word, and am thinking that it is. Unless it drops down to the heart and roams wild and free among snippets of song and mistletoe and vulnerable prayers, it can be a rote word, a mechanical word, a robot word.

    I drop into my heart now and whisper Thanks…

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