Emily Dickinson poem. Where do words go after they are said?

I’m a big fan of short, meaningful poems. Long poems are wonderful too, but I don’t have the patience to wade through pages of poetry. Maybe if I had more time to read without constantly getting interrupted by my kids, I may learn to enjoy the longer ones. In the meantime, my search for short poems persists.

If you’re running low on time but need a poetry boost, this short poem may help. I hope you enjoy this contemplative and thought-provoking poem. By parsing her words, she writes the essentials of what a “word” can do after it is spoken.

“A word is dead”

by Emily Dickinson

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.
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