Some words just sit on paper
Whilst some float through the air.
People write on birthday cards
To show someone they care.
They say that babies hear our words
Before they’re even born.
Words are what we humans use
To comfort those who mourn.
Words are powerful tools indeed
So think before you speak.
Your words may have a big effect
Upon somebody’s week.
What’s your favourite game with words?
Well, can you guess what’s mine?
I love to write a rhyming poem
So hunt for words that rhyme.
You can’t escape our human words:
They won’t leave us alone.
They come in many languages
On screen, paper and phone.
But animals don’t use our words:
They simply growl or squeak,
But they look at us with interest.
Do you think they’d like to speak?
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Follow Up: I had "discussion" in mind when I wrote this poem, I'm sure. Communication is so important and especially in the human world. Words are the foundation of our interaction between one person and another and, believe me, the moment you open your mouth and start to speak to another person, they put you into a category immediately. Learn to speak well, pronounce your words clearly and with expression in your voice. Often the first thing that people know about you is from your voice, but also concentrate on your written language too. When it comes to applying for work later, the first thing they'll know about you is from the words that you write. I've been a teacher (and secretary too) all my working life and I do speak from experience.
Other teachers must have found this poem useful too because it was chosen as one of almost 400 which were published in 2010 by educational publishers: AMS Educational Ltd, Leeds. Josie