By Tekla A. Syers

Dedicated to Jaclyn Moore-Bedford

Don’t let your thoughts and words
OOlead you to distress.

Don’t think words of distress
OOor darkness about another
OOfor their roots run deep
OOand sprout
OOin your experience
OOas unpleasantness.

OOto stress-inducing words
OOfrom others.

They are contagious
OOand contaminate you
OOwith infection, dis-ease,
OOor plagues of sorrow.

You dare not contemplate
OOthoughts or words of sadness
OOfrom the ethers.

Mind your life.
Mind your thoughts.
Mind your words.

Think on wisdom.

Voice words of power.

Contemplate the definitions
OOof opportunity,
OOdiscovery, and success.

Declare courage,
OOvitality, and peace.

Your foremost thoughts
OOforetell the tale
OOof you.

Let your thoughts
OOserve you strength.

Let your words
OOserve you joy.

Tekla A. Syers

Tekla A. Syers resides in Chicago as a student and teacher of metaphysics; smitten grandmother; dabbler in culinary arts; semi-retired fund development and nonprofit management consultant; and a craftswoman. She enjoys music and art in myriad forms and makes time to observe and reflect on why folks and things are as they are.

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