About Words and Eggs…


Be careful of words,
even the miraculous ones.
For the miraculous ones we do our best,
sometimes they swarm like insects
and leave not a sting but a kiss.
They can be good as fingers.
They can be trusty as the rock
you stick your bottom on.
But they can be both daisies and bruises.

Yet I am in love with words.
They are doves falling out of the ceiling.
They are six holy oranges sitting in my lap.
They are the trees, the legs of summer,
and the sun, its passionate face.

Yet often they fail me.
I have so much I want to say,
so many stories, images, proverbs, etc.
But the words aren’t good enough,
the wrong ones kiss me.
Sometimes I fly like an eagle
but with the wings of a wren.

But I try to take care
and be gentle to them.
Words and eggs must be handled with care.
Once broken they are impossible
things to repair.

-Anne Sexton (1928-1974)



The last lines of Woody Allen’s benchmark film Annie Hall (1977):

After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.

-Woody Allen as Alvy Singer


Send me your words:

I encourage comments and feedback and would love to learn more about my visitors. Please comment freely and often, and if you do feel so inclined to write me a private e-mail, you may do so at the following address:

Contact: WordsEggs[at]Gmail[dot]com

I humbly consider myself a nice person and prefer to assume that all of my readers are equally as kind and would never ever think of spamming me. Nor would they ever ever be meanies. Thanks for being so awesome.

A la prochaine!

12 responses to “About Words and Eggs…

  1. I just stumbled into Words&Eggs. What a treat it is! So many beautiful things!

  2. Thank you so much for your comment, Christine! I’m so glad that you enjoy all the images and words (and eggs) 🙂 Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. hee hee.

    Happy holiday season!

  3. Really like your blog.

  4. Thank you! Glad you’re enjoying your visits!

  5. Beautiful! Such a talent… I’ll bookmark your site and return often.

  6. Thanks so much for stopping by, Tricia! Glad you’re enjoying the site, and I hope you will continue to do so! 🙂

  7. just found your blog and want to let you know it’s great! will be coming back. saludos!

  8. Thanks so much! Glad you like it! 🙂

  9. I still haven’t thanked you for the follow friday on Twitter and for featuring me on your blogroll 🙂 Alors… merci beaucoup !
    A bientôt,

  10. Words and Eggs

    Je vous en prie! J’adore votre mission avec la petite Capucine 🙂

  11. I found your personal corner of Eden while looking for types of embroider stitches. Such an enjoyable discovery! Such wonderfully creative ideas! (Such flowerly language, too. . . . )

    I like “Words and Eggs.” I’ll be back:)

  12. Words and Eggs

    Thank you so much! I’m so glad you uncovered me and that you plan to come back. 🙂

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