Pause for Poetry — The Power of Words

Welcome to Pause for Poetry featuring a poem written by my writer-friend, Frances Gregory Pasch.


Sometimes we speak them hastily

and regret it.

Other times we remain silent

and wish we had spoken.

Words come in all sizes…

many are small, yet dynamic.

Others are big,

but of little importance.

We can change lives by what we say…

either for good or for bad.

Our words can make people laugh

or make them cry.

Words can build them up

or bring them down…

Pull them closer

or turn them away.

Words can draw pictures…

pretty ones or ugly ones.

They can cut like a knife

or soothe like a salve.

Whether written or spoken,

rehearsed or spontaneous,

words are powerful.

They are easy to come by,

but not easily forgotten.

A good reason to measure them out carefully.

© Frances Gregory Pasch

Frances Gregory Pasch’s devotions and poems have been published hundreds of times in devotional booklets, magazines, and Sunday school papers since 1985. Her writing has also appeared in several dozen compilations. Her book, Double Vision: Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry is available on Amazon. Frances has been leading a women’s Christian writers group since 1991 and makes her own holiday greeting cards incorporating her poetry. She and her husband, Jim, have been married since 1958. They have five sons and nine grandchildren. Contact her at

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