Each word that comes out of your mouth
is a potential swear word.
Each word on the paper
has the potential to blow up somebody’s fuse.
Words are a question of taste,
revealing the mindset, the heart, and the soul
of both the writer and the speaker,
but also, the core of the interpreter.
For the soul sister of Wittgenstein,
the only words that hold any beauty
are “please” and yes in Deutsch, “Ja,”
especially when brushing off idle talk and
written nonsense with a simple
“Ja ja ja ja ja!”
Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas) who has won poetry and short story contests held in the USA and Israel. In April 2019, her long essay concerning the problems with technology and the invisible warfare was given credit by The Finnish Reserve Officers’ Federation and in June 2019, Puolakka’s poem was given an honorable mention by Tiny Spoon Literary Magazine. In November, she will be judging a writing contest (in Finland.)