Khalil Gibran once said that people as a species would never make it , or understand one another unless we could reduce our language to seven words. If this were true what seven words should we choose? There are over 1 million 13 thousand words in the English language. How could we reduce that down to just 7 ? Seven words to explain every emotion , every human feeling, every human expression. Anger. Confusion. Hurt feelings. Love. Happiness. Sadness. Exhaustion. Fear. But to have the words stripped down to seven and that is all you are left, you would have to use your facial expressions, and body language, and finger movements to get all your thoughts and emotions across. So what 7 words would we choose? How would we choose? Would each person get 7 words? Or would the human race have a committee to choose 7 for all of mankind? That would be considerably more difficult ! I’ve tried to think of which words I would choose ………….1. Love , obviously…..2. Sorry 3 .Hungry 4.Thirsty 5. Want 6. Cold 7.Hot Because the only thing I could think that we’d really NEED words for would be for the basic things. Everything else would have to be stripped down to a sign or something instead, or would have to be written out into symbols. We are such a language based society we find it almost impossible to think about a society without words. How to function? How to work together? How to even travel inside a city without words. I’m thankful that we have words to help us find our way through the world , through the galaxy , for me it’d be a lonely universe with only 7 words to share between us.
Legend tells that Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write an entire story in one sentence. His reply: For sale,baby shoes, never worn.
What a poignant story told in only one line. I think as a writer sometimes I get caught up in the story , and we all know as bloggers we can’t or DON’T just write one line posts. We LIVE for Books A Million where we can stroll aisle after aisle of 4 and 5 hundred page tomes of fantasy, sci fi, history and the like . But it got me to thinking could I tell a story in one line? And it also made me think of epitaphs. Darrell Scott’s haunting song from television’s Justified was taken from a hillside gravestone, “You will never leave Harlan alive.” I’m going to post the video for that with this post. Of course there’s the funny one every one has seen “I told you I was sick! ” I guess it just goes to show maybe sometimes we DON’T have to go on and on , and maybe short really is sweet.
It’s just a silly childhood rhyme,
we’ve all had a chance to say.
Something to deflect a sword,
that someone’s thrown our way.
“Sticks and stones
may break my bones,
but words will never
It’s the greatest lie we ever tell,
that hurtful words don’t matter.
For I remember very well,
what was said, and how I shattered.
You never gave another thought,
to the pain that you had caused .
So busy polishing up your swordplay,
you left me, empty ,torn and raw.
Carried off from the field of battle,
in agony I realize,
what that shiny golden armor ,
REALLY hides inside.
Ruby Jeanette Woods