Hard Words

    “Hard Words,” Ensign, Aug. 1994, 45

    Hard Words

    Hard words sink,

    like razor-edged

    obsidian chips,

    to rest on clear bottoms

    of swift streams,

    tossed and tumbled

    by forceful waters

    but rarely lost.

    Too long they remain,

    alien among plain pebbles

    and smooth stones—

    ever capable

    of causing cutting pain