Speaking or writing words at the most consequential of times is my choice of so-called superpower.
Because it isn’t necessarily beyond us despite such actions and their timing seemingly a Sisyphean act for all humanity.
It usually requires courage and a germane vocabulary yet inspiration can strike in the most necessary of moments.
Birds speak out.
Probably bees. You can do that research.
Dogs and cats are up to the task.
Even lumbering elephants. Plus chimps. Maybe sloths.
Yet very few humans.
This unique language can be an alert, something that creates action or inspires attitude.
Transportation of love, hate or indifference.
Incandescent and transformative or brow-beating.
Words can create and capture history through back-and-forth responses and reactions or a simple shutdown diss.
One wrong noun or misapplied adjective can dash human hopes.
One darling utterance or scribble can inspire the divine.
As can the failure to utter a sound or scribble some pertinent sentences.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” calmed millions. Would a guttural “fuck fear” have carried a similar cachet?
The Gettysburg address, all of 275 words, remains vivid to the day.
Joseph Welch’s “…have you no sense of decency?” sent Joseph McCarthy’s political career into a deserved spiral until his death three years hence.
Yet there is British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s 1938 mis- pronouncement “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time”
Aye, this is a superpower s-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s within reach of us all.
— inspired by a poetry writing class prompt about the choice of human superpowers