This is an English translation of a Korean poem we teach to our students. Author unknown.
Just One Word
Just one uncaring word can spark a fight.
Just one cruel word can shatter a life.
Just one harsh word can sow misunderstanding.
Just one disrespectful word can douse the fervor of love.
Just one kind word can smooth a rocky path.
Just one joyful word can cheer a gloomy day.
Just the right word can lighten an uneasy heart.
Just one affectionate word can show the beauty of the world.
I began the day in the first stanza but ended in the second.
Words are powerful. Choose them with care.