In poetry or photography there are certain “rules”. Those rules are there for good reason. However, sometimes in order to make ourselves clear, we simply ignore those rules. This word-picture poem makes an important point about how our words can injure others. It was written after being pounded by someone’s words. Another rule I broke here is to use the word “heart”. I agree that word should be used sparingly. In spite of the breaking of those rules I hope you enjoy this word-picture poem.
When you throw those words at me
don’t do it so carelessly,
forgetting where they land.
Don’t fling them hard against my heart,
forgetting that wrong words impart
a meaning not well planned.
Let’s play word catch by the rules
like the games we learned in school,
tossing hand to hand.
Sheryl Kay Oder