Using Language

By Novid Shaid, 2003


Using language

is like painting pictures

and shaping sculptures

in endlessly renewable ways.

You can choose, frame and fuse;

gel, mould or place;

shape, shift, then stretch;

cast to and fro;  weave below;

adjust and combine and compose;

connect or exploit or mingle;

fashion and shackle and sculpture;

shuffle around and sprinkle;

transpose, interject, integrate,

interpose, here and there, interweave;

rearrange, intersperse or reshuffle;

synthesise in a polished amalgam;

assemble as one, intermingle;

accumulate then amalgamate;

or manipulate to your own ends

words, which mutate or perpetuate;

clauses, that dictate or subordinate;

phrases which detonate or encapsulate

a universe of sound effects,

illusions, confusions and truths.

In the hands of an accomplished user,

words run like free-flowing paints

with strokes of all traceable weights,

spreading colours of every known hue,

raising tones which create shifting moods.

And each word that is utilised is

a subtle and measured brush stroke,

infusing with elating light

imbuing with pulsating life,

animating, stimulating, illuminating

the works of art:

the gallery of human life.

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About Novid Shaid

I am a Muslim writer and English teacher. I have written poetry, short stories, a play, and I am currently working on a novella. My subject matter and themes are related to Islam, Sufism, politics and also my job as a secondary school teacher. My work is copyrighted and any works published here may not used or copied without my prior consent. You can contact me via the "Contact Me" page, if you wish to use any these writings. I am keen to gain the notice of publishers and if any are interested in my writings, please contact me via the "Contact Me" page. Was salaam, Peace

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