This member is so tiny

Yet it boasts so many things…

It wars against its members

Much pain the tongue it brings.

It is driven by the latent soul

By emotions and the will,

Many times it does not filter

Throws its arrows for the kill.

It harms and wounds the innocent

And ignites the situation;

Cannot succumb so easily

It causes much frustration.

But it harbours a solution

And much training it requires,

To refine patterns of speech

And to quench its lusts desires.

And once it learns to operate

With wisdom and much hope,

It is laden with much honey

With life’s burdens it will cope.

(C) P.B. 2002

“even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things… the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.” James 3:5-6