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the breakout

by Carl Walker

Did you hear about the breakout
At Mike’s mouth?
Words escaped that cannot be recaptured

Where was the guard?

The guard lost his ability to watch his mouth
Because he was occupied somewhere else.

The Guard got involved talking
Politics and religion
And being right became more important than
Watching his mouth
Which is the same thing
As his beliefs became more important than
The feelings of others

That’s when the words escaped

So, what happens now?

He’s placing himself under mouth arrest
So he can remember that his beliefs
Are never more important than
Others feelings
It doesn’t mean he’ll never say
Words on purpose that piss people off

It does mean
He’s seeking a heart
That uses words to serve others
Rather than words to serve
The idols of his own heart.


Author's Note: an idol of the heart is something my heart seeks to find life in that cannot give life. I want to find life in being listened to but being listened to cannot give life but it can block me from finding what can give life. Therefore: an idol of the heart. Not that "wanting" to be listened to is bad, its a thing of degree perhaps.

Posted on 05/09/2013
Copyright © 2021 Carl Walker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 12/24/13 at 07:06 PM

One has to be aware that words can either help or harm. Scripture teaches that "out of the heart" the mouth speaks. Maybe it is the heart that needs guarding? What do you think. Good to read your poetry again.

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