What is a word? Can you define it? You use them every day. You use them to articulate your thoughts. You put them together to make sentences that get your point across, explain how you are feeling, or tell people what you want them to know. But, what is a word? All alone, by itself, what does the word word mean?
The dictionary defines the word word as a sound or a combination of sounds, or its representation in writing or printing, that symbolizes and communicates a meaning and may consist of a single morpheme or of a combination of morphemes. Sounds so technical, so sterile, so cold, doesn’t it? And yet the spoken word is the basis for every declaration of love, every promise made, every vow taken, every joke told. And the written word the basis for every heartwarming movie line, every hysterically funny comedy show, every prolific, unforgettable song lyric penned. In fact, nothing could be less sterile, less cold than words.
This week, we are using our words to talk to people about theirs. We open up our forum for people to submit any written work no matter how small it may seem, to share with all of you. And we’re talking to people about the weight and breadth of the word and it’s purpose. When we focus on the world of arts and culture as something that unifies, which we often do, we usually focus on music. Whether it be that we are both lovers of music, or that we have been fortunate enough to have a wealth of musical talent at our disposal to bring to you, that is just the way it has been. But there are all kinds of art forms. There are all types of mediums that unite people in many ways. Writers, poets, spoken word artists, lyricists, rappers, all utilize words to entertain, to educate, to bring people together and get messages across. The power of words is immeasurable. We’re bringing our thoughts to you, and hoping you’ll use your words to tell us what you think!
This week we’ll have reader submissions, an interview with a poet and author, and more…
but first a favorite piece of written work from each of our One Unified founders. Enjoy!
The Road Not Taken (The Road Less Traveled) by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I Carry Your Heart by E.E.Cummings
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)
i fear no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)
i want no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart
i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)