PF detail from Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Beach Scene, Guernsey (Children by the Sea in Guernsey) - 1883;


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Corey Harvard is a student at the University of South Alabama where he is studying English and Philosophy. His most recent work can be found in Oak Bend Review, Tales of the Talisman, Sonnetto Poesia and the University of South Alabama's Oracle. He is also an associate editor for Sonnetto Poesia and a 2009 Pushcart nominee.


If I Could Show You

If I could show you how a word can grow
into a thorn that finds its home within
the softest places of the hardest men,
you wouldn't be so quick to let one go.
In silences, defenseless and alone,
security and self-esteem descend;
ambitions cease and aspirations bend
as product of a fatal verbal blow.

If I could show you how a word can rise -
bring laughter, bring excitement, bring rapport,
bring nations out of poverty and war -
perhaps your speech would seek a different guise.
What problems of this world could be deterred
if we revered the value of a word?

Pablo Picasso “La lectura segons”