The Healing Power of Words

By Charlotte Matthews

As I take a moment on this warm June morning to consider why Whistle Words matters more and more the longer we embark upon this project, I recognize that words really can heal. What we take the time to consider and write can make a powerful impact on our own lives and the lives of others. Here’s a wee poem I wrote that speaks to that.

Everything around me wants to stop

being itself. Even the swallow that trapped

herself in the basement looks addled

by her own existence. The fields with their stiff

rows of corn, the river with its jutting rocks—

all at odds with themselves. I am going to

take words apart and reassign meaning.

Forgiving: for giving. Grateful: great full.

This way the corn may become tender,

the swallow set herself free.