Mighty Word Army Marches into Battle

Like light moonbeams they quietly gather
Stealthily creeping through the cast iron curtains.

Treading lightly, the whispered word patterns silently amass, Stealthily emerging from within the lofty mansion of the gods.

The rebel army forms a vivid word picture.

Disciplined, they gather resolutely in the darkened, labyrinthine corridors of the psyche, forming sturdy battalions.

With banners raised, they prepare to march, ready to invade distant lands.

Graceful, curling, silky, smooth little words, skillfully dancing pirouettes, performing acrobatic feats lead the way with agility.

While taut, tense, cryptic vipers, having skillfully twisted themselves from within the invisible chains, Hephaistos so meticulously fashioned in his anvil, self-righteously form an indomitable rearguard.

United the word warriors stand erect, on the mountaintops, awaiting the bugle call. In unison they surge forward, gathering momentum as they ride into the valleys.

The word army, united, buoying each other, singing, marches in tight formation.

In rhythm, the armed force gathers momentum, vigorously occupying and outwitting the foreign, virgin, white unblemished soil of the New World.

Words are immeasurably beneficial to society and civilization. Everything we read confirms that this is so. Words have the power to unite spirit and matter. They have transformative tendencies, allowing us to penetrate to our essence and to restore peace to the human soul. Few, who have practiced the art, can deny the priceless influence of words. Few who have written have not seen the regenerative, elevating effect that words have on human life and human refinement. Writing fills a spiritual hunger, adding something infinitely precious to human life. Words bring beauty and truth to the material world.

When my father died suddenly I turned to words for comfort and solace. In the face of death we search for meaning and, in finding words to mold meaning we help others see and know. In my time of grief I sat silently, examining the well-trodden pathways of writers who had walked ahead. The Muse, watching from the mountain tops of Parnassus, slipped quietly alongside me and sat, silently, caressing my soul. Her gentle caress palliated my grief, enabling me to marshal the army of words that had gathered in the fields to occupy the virgin paper that lay before me. In turn, my words helped others to see and know what I had come to know and understand about death.

Writing is an act of faith and when the words come from within a beautiful calm and presence that descends and fills the void. To break free from Hephaistos's chains I urge my students to write to communicate strong feelings and emotions, assuring them that even if major publishing companies do not publish their work their words have the power to benefit society.

As we all know, the best armies in the world are well trained. In the 'Aeneid' Virgil writes of a group of soldiers who rode their horses in formation, on the sands, creating a labyrinthine pattern as they went. This required precision and teamwork. One way to train a formidable word army is to write 1000 words a day.

Buy a box of magnetic poetry and put these delightful, spirited little words on the fridge. Play with them on a daily basis. The box of magnetic poetry has the delicious warning that playing with the words in this manner may ignite creativity. My workshop participants all loved my set and my free verse about word armies was conceived during one of our writing sessions. Now everyone in the group is saving to buy their own boxes. Meanwhile the fridge repairman was stunned by the bizarre word patterns that confronted him.

Develop a close relationship with your dictionary. I treat mine as though it is an oracle and after posing a question I randomly pick a word and use it to answer my question. The result is enough to fill your armpits with goose bumps.

Randomly take words from the Reader's Digest 'It pays to enrich your word power' as a way to begin the daily writing of 1000 words. Manipulated the words and form word patterns and images. Likewise you can use a scrabble set in this way. Take the letters and put them on the wooden board and write down all the words that spring into your mind - especially the ones you do not have quite the right letters for. Doodle with these words and watch in wonder as the sentences begin to form.

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