Tone Of Voice


The only real importance of... Whatever words we say... Is
how we use them to express... The thoughts we would convey
... The way we make our meaning known... By just our tone
of voice... Instead of by the sentences... And phrases of our
choice... For we may stop to shout hello... Or we may yell
good night... Or we may even whisper it... And still not be
polite... A friendly message may be cold... And it may hurt
or sting... Because our vocal cords may have... A most sar-
castic ring... And so whatever greeting or... Remarks we pass
around... We ought to be more careful of... Our slightest oral
sound.


James J. Metcalfe

This poem is on page 139 of More Poem Portraits by James J. Metcalfe

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