When Words are Not Enough

What do you say when you know in your heart there are words that will uplift, show compassion…heal, yet they do not come? When the emotion that you feel inside cannot not be conveyed in words, but words are the only way you can express what you are feeling? When the words “I understand”, “I have been where you are”, “I love you” is not enough? How do you say what you cannot show when words are not enough.

Copyright 2017 Heidi Barnes

Too Many Words

Chaos reigns inside my head

People, places, phrases

Jumbled into one



I try to untangle

Piece together two by two

Only to snarl them further

Until nothing but emptiness


Copyright 2017 Heidi Barnes

Sometimes Only the Paper Listens

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When the words won’t stop pestering me, or they are words no one else will listen to or can be said out loud, paper becomes my best friend. My confident. The words must come out in some form or nothing else will get done, let alone with any kind of  efficiency or quality. The only thing one must be wary of are those who cannot keep thier mittens to themselves. The ones who must know everything, cannot stand it when something is kept from them, never heard the phrase, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Then the paper you trusted so well becomes the betrayer. Yes the paper maybe be the only one who listens, but it can also speak, and once words are spoken they can never be taken back.

© 2017 Heidi Barnes

This was inspired by a prompt on Writing Outside the Lines by Annie.

The Power of Words

They are just words
to tell a story,
sing a song.
They are just words,
to lift you up
make you strong.
They are just words
sharp as glass
scars will forever last.
They are just words
once said
never forgotten.
They are just words
choose wisely
judgment unforgiving
when the mirror you gaze.

Words, words, words…..

Words, words, more words

Tumbling around in my head.

Begging to be written

Begging to be said.

How do I sleep

Think, eat

With all these words

Battling to escape?

Help me to find

A way to set them free,

Help me find

Peace, serenity.