Words make me giddy. They are as tangible as color in my world. One of my most beloved tasks is naming my glass beads and jewelry pieces. To me, words are balls to be playfully tossed. At times, words are missiles, hurled with lethal intent. If wielded in a skillful manner, words can be used to win. Conversely, if handled in an amateurish way, words can fail you. One word can possess such power: stop; never. Some words conjure up pictures in your mind: shiver; explode. There exist words that are deeply satisfying to say aloud: boondoggle; discombobulate. Poetry is a word-party. Words dress up in festive garments and head out for a night on-the-town, ranging from a formal affair to a rowdy blowout. Many people avoid poetry, finding it incomprehensible and intimidating. However, words should not be purely practical. They can dance with joy in a song (which is simply a poem set to music). Give poetry a chance to trickle into your thoughts, rock your foundation, change your life. Use lively, colorful words to animate your speech. Revel in your marvelous ability to express yourself with words!