The Way of Words

All my life I have been attracted to and repulsed by words. For their fallibility and ambiguity and their utter refusal to bow to absolutes. Like reeds in the wind they bend and sway with the minds they touch and once released from the pen… who knows where they’ll go or what they’ll become. Even my own don’t stay the same. Don’t stay what I told them to be. The message I gave them remains and yet never will whisper the same story to two different ears….

I go back over old stories or letters I have written and see parts of myself reflected that I’d forgotten all about, treacherously retained in the curves and scribbles of my own hand… preserved as a lasting memory of who I once was. That wasn’t what they were supposed to say. Not what they were supposed to talk about.

I look at what others have written to me and am reminded of things that got lost along the way. Of love that once was… of fascination that suddenly arose. Of dreams and hopes and beautiful thoughts. Of disappointment and anger that swept the good days away and made good things gray and dull until at last they’d faded from our minds. Yet the words remember. It’s all right there… even now, years later. It’s still here.

They are still there.

Making me laugh and cry and repeat this never-ending dance with myself all over again.

I don’t normally cross post between my blogs but in this case, I wanted to. Though this entry was originally written for 365 Reasons I feel it belongs here far more. It’s been on my mind and heart to say for a long time, and I am glad the words and I could find one another tonight to do so.

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The Way of Words

14 thoughts on “The Way of Words

    1. Scattered Rayn says:

      Wow, thank you! That’s quite the compliment! I am so glad I am able to contribute something to the blogging community that others enjoy!

  1. Whirlwind of emotions says:

    Haha and your enthusiasm prompted me to post a very hastily composed thing (for lack of a better adjective) so thank you! πŸ˜€

  2. Scattered Rayn says:

    @Whirlwind

    What a neat surprise to find you semi-lurking on my blog!!! It is good to see you again – and YES! You DO need to start posting again. I miss bounching thoughts off your words.

    Is it another one of your blogs you’re referring me to? Or just something neat you found?

    Come back and play! πŸ˜‰

    1. Whirlwind of emotions says:

      Haha I prefer the term – showing moral support rather than lurking. I have had so many ideas but life has had other plans and I have not been able to post as I had hoped.

      That is actually one of the first few blogs I ever came across and what inspired me to start my own. Thought you might like her style of writing and her thoughts on the weight of words too! πŸ˜€

    2. Scattered Rayn says:

      Yes, you’re right. I DID like it. Already went, read and commented – even if it is an old post.

      And… thank you for the “moral support” LOL πŸ™‚ Alway good to know someone’s on the bleechers, rooting me on!

  3. […] All my life I have been attracted to and repulsed by words. For their fallibility and ambiguity and their utter refusal to bow to absolutes. Like reeds in the wind they bend and sway with the minds they touch and once released from the pen… who knows where they'll go or what they'll become. Even my own don't stay the same. Don't stay what I told them to be. The message I gave them remains and yet never will whisper the same story to two differe … Read More […]

  4. Scattered Rayn says:

    #Ciphur
    Thank you! Glad you like it! I think what you just said gave me an idea for another entry… πŸ™‚

    – Rayn

  5. It’s through words, that we put down our story… making it history ,to be saved for posterity.
    And when we revisit our words,we revisit our history .

    Well written !

  6. Scattered Rayn says:

    #spiritwriter
    Thank you so much for your comment and for sharing! I am very glad you found something, which spoke to you here – and especially glad it’s making you wish to write *smiles* … enjoy!

    – Rayn

  7. spiritwriter3 says:

    Your words showed me my words and I felt instantly at home with my burned and forgotten words…time to begin the written life of my words..Peace.

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