This was an 'in the moment' expression whilst i was preparing my workshop on 'Exploring The Client's Words in Therapy'. At the back of my mind was how criticism and bullying words as a child did hurt. Also I had in mind the chapter in Perls Hefferline and Goodman 'Verbalising and Poetry'
Speak To Me Words.
Words are hurtful; words are full;
Words are kind; words are empty;
Words are wounding; words are flattering;
Words are gentle; words are grating;
Words are words; words are labels.
Words label; words identify, and categorise
Words sort; words classify, and organise
Words arrange; words position, and orchestrate
Words compose, words devise, and formulate
Words convey, words express, and define
2017 David Forrest