Words Leave Lips by Kelli J. Gavin

Words leave lips
Too harsh
Too often

Words hurt souls
Too rough
Too deep

Stop and think
Pause, just for a moment

What happened?
What happened to you?
Why did you let it?

Those words came at you
You took them
You reached for them
You received them

Why did you take them in?
Did you long for them?
Did you expect the hurt in them?

You speak those words
You run to those words
You use those words as if a gift

If they hurt you
They will hurt others

Throw them away
Throw them in the ocean
Deep and far and fierce

Rid yourself
Rid your mind
Your mouth
Your heart

Your life doesn’t need them
No one needs them

Stop reaching for them
Stop sharing them
Stop gifting them

They aren’t needed
They aren’t wanted
Will never be appreciated

Words leave lips
Too harsh
Too often