Dagger of Words

Take what I say
place it in the fire
watch it burn and turn to white
remove the words and pound it out
upon an anvil of hurt and sorrow
shape them, hammer them to a dagger point
Place those words within my hand
and watch, watch as I turn
scream as I stab the dagger into the tenderness between your ribs

Time stops and I sink to the floor
face grim and pale with agony
Again, I have done it again
The tears, how they fall as I look at you
unmoving with my words within your chest
How could I?
Why, why
oh why
oh why
why
why
why?
Did I kill you
with the dagger of
my words?

12/16/04