A Single Word Can Brighten the Face

Sarah Yazback, PhD
Oct 29, 2017 · 1 min read
  • From “The Drop That Became the Sea: Lyric Poems of Yunus Emre” (Translated from Turkish by Kabir Helminski / Refik Algan)

A single word can brighten the face

of one who knows the value of words.

Ripened in silence, a single word

acquires a great energy for work.

War is cut short by a word,

and a word heals the wounds,

and there’s a word that changes

poison into butter and honey.

Let a word mature inside yourself.

Withhold the unripened thought.

Come and understand the kind of word

that reduces money and riches to dust.

Know when to speak a word

and when not to speak at all.

A single word turns the universe of hell

into eight paradises.

Follow the Way. Don’t be fooled

by what you already know. Be watchful.

Reflect before you speak.

A foolish mouth can brand your soul.

Yunus, say one last thing

about the power of words —

Only the word “I”

divides me from God.

Sarah Yazback, PhD

Written by

Educational Psychologist/Certified Hypnotherapist (CHT)