You'll probably know this by now but ... I'm a bit obsessed with words.
They fascinate me.
- I love to see what happens when I shuffle them together in a particularly pleasing order;
- I love how they allow me to turn a simple sequence of 'events' into a narrative, a 'story' - something I can share;
- and I love that they're both powerful and monolithic [after all, everything we think and say has passed through language at some point] ... and yet their completely flexible and accessible at the same time. Everyone can use them however they choose.
Everything I do, creatively speaking [blogging, writing, memory-keeping] revolves around words, words, lovely words, and so ...
... it's little wonder that I stopped to take a photo when I spotted the following contradictory lines of wordy graffiti, written along opposite walls of an alleyway in Newark-on-Trent.
I'm pretty sure I know which side I most readily agree with ... but how about you?
On which side of the wall do you stand?
Are you team: "Words are all we have"?
Or are you somewhere in between?
The fact that each of these opposing phrases are accredited to the same writer - Samuel Beckett - may suggest it's possible to agree with both.
And surely it depends on the occasion?
Sometimes we need words; sometimes we need silence.
Either way you're going to have to use at least a few of them to leave me a comment letting me know where you stand ...