The tongue is a fire the good book does claim,
Lighting the course of nature with hell’s own flame,
A world of evil that seeks to corrupt and maim,
The one who can tame it has nary a blame!

Small though it is, it boasts so great,
Perfect is the one who uses it not to bait.
Ships and horses can be turned the right way,
But we use it to terminate rather than create!

Stammering lips and unknown tongue the Lord did promise,
The Spirit descended with cloven tongues to astonish,
The predicted rain came on all to refresh,
Come ye thirsty to drink and be at rest!

*This week’s pic reminded me of the Apostle James’ warning about the tongue in the Bible. I was also reminded of the promise given through the Prophets Isaiah and Joel of the new tongue and language that will transform. Combined it all in this poem!
*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt Β© Anshu Bhojnagarwala

24 thoughts on “TONGUE ON FIRE

  1. Dear Sabina,
    Whoever coined the rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” had it backwards, didn’t they? The tongue can start more fires and maim spirits while a bone can be set. Nicely done.


  2. Thank you!
    Yes, they did.
    But in my language of Tamil, there is one which says the opposite to that rhyme by the poet Thiruvalluvar:
    “Theeyinal sutta puun uzlhaarumae
    Aaraathae naavinaal sutta viddu”

    Its meaning:
    English Couplet 129:
    In flesh by fire inflamed, nature may thoroughly heal the sore;
    In soul by tongue inflamed, the ulcer healeth never more

    Couplet Explanation:
    The wound which has been burnt in by fire may heal, but a wound burnt in by the tongue will never heal

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  3. Thank you!
    As soon as you pic, I remember the verses in the Bible and wrote the poem
    Another story also is in the back of my mind because right then I was reading about a firefighter.
    I didn’t write it though, as it may take me more than 100 words!

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