Let What Is Meant Be What Is Said. / Ode To Words Of One Pulse.

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A long rhyming poem which serves as part and the end of a speech written and delivered, by myself, at a meeting of the Uncle Sam Club of Toastmaster's International, in Troy, N.Y. on the evening of February 22, 1984.

This was my effort to complete Lesson #4 "Show What You Mean" of the T.I. Communication And Leadership Program manual, used to complete and attain the 1st level of T.I. accomplishment called "Competent Toastmaster".

Toastmaster's International is a hugely popular and successful recreational, though serious, organization with many chapters or clubs in almost every city in the world where the English language is spoken, used and valued. T.I. offers serious and active members the chance to improve many of their own interpersonal, presentational, writing, speaking, communications, leadership and organizational skills. With the idea that person's potential for future success will be greatly improved.

In my opinion, it is an invaluable resource to those who want to learn how to write and/or discipline the writing they may already be attempting. This is, most true, for those who aspire to writing Op.Ed. and other articles for newspapers and other periodicals. Such articles value brevity, clarity and the avoidance of using longer and rarely used words. The rule of thumb: Words of three syllables or more should not appear more than once in every 100 words of text. Something which, most probably, goes against the grain of a well trained literary mind.

The underlying theme and method should be obvious to the reader shortly after starting the read. After giving this speech, it was amazing, the number of judges who missed the point. Entirely. See how long it takes for you to "get it". Probably, you have figured it out already.

Each speech must be delivered in 10 minutes or less. Sometimes, a really good and entrancing speech can run longer as the time-keeper and the audience lose track of elapsed time.

An interesting correlation: A good speech which runs about 10 minutes is, also, just long enough to be a newspaper Op.Ed. article. Something for which the writer may be paid. For example, syndicated newspaper columnists write Op.Ed. articles.

Submitted: January 13, 2007

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Submitted: January 13, 2007

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LET WHAT IS MEANT BE WHAT IS SAID

In the short time past, some folks thought, “The words we use and the way we speak do not let those who hear, to know with ease, what is meant by what is said”.

What we say and what we mean is not known by all who hear each time we speak.

If a word sounds well and is liked, by they who speak, then it is used. At times, too much.

Some do not like to guess as to what a word may mean. So they met, formed and joined the “Words With One Pulse Club”.

The goal of the club is to give those who join the chance to speak with words made up of just one pulse. This was seen as a way to save our speech from a plague of words with more than just one pulse. Words of more than one pulse can cause us to not get a clear view of what is meant by what is said.

Those who speak need to task their minds so that what they say is what they mean. If their thoughts are not clear then they will learn this, at the same time, as those to whom they speak ere they speak at all. It is hard for one to “cloud the minds” of those to whom one speaks.

When each word is short, clear and to-the-point. Few will say, “What does he mean? Why does he use such long and odd words?”.

World Peace would be more at hand if the cause of a war could, first, be known. No blood would be shed if facts were dealt with first. In this new world of high-tech and “droids” to do our work. Who will be left to haul our trash? High-tech will not give new jobs to those who lose their old jobs to it. High-tech does not feed nor does it serve the soul. We can’t know what it will mean to us from now on. It does use words, long and hard, for some of us to know. Too few schools will teach too few of us just what these words will mean.

But what of those for whom High-Tech has no need? Are they to be taught? Will they have jobs? Will they starve? Will they give birth? Does no more work mean no more worth.?

ODE TO WORDS WITH “ONE PULSE”

By E. J. T. BRADLEY

If The Wrong Word Is Said,

In A World, Much Too Tight,

Then We Could All Be Dead,

With Folks Who Like To Fight.

Words We Use! Much Too Long!

As Few Know What They Mean.

All Can’t Sing The Same Song,

With Words Not Known Or Seen.

Why Then? With Word And Pen.

Say Things Which When Are Sown,

Gives No Gain But Just Pain.

With Words Which Are Not Known.

If When Terse, With Our Verse,

And Brief With What Is Sent.

Our Good Will Does No Worse,

If What’s Heard Is What’s Meant.

Some Say, ”To Speak This Way

Can Serve Us No Good Use.”

But I Say, “Who Are They?

If At First, We Don’t Muse?”

If Each Word, When It’s Said

Means That Which Can’t Be Known.

What Is Said! When Heard Is Dead

And Sinks, Just Like A Stone.

In This Way, Hope To Say,

“One-Pulse”Words Make More Sense.

And “This World Will Be Great!”

When We Are All Less Tense.

You May Think, “All This Stinks!”

And Makes You To Feel Sick.

This Ode Ends In The Pink,

Mo-No-Syl-La-Bill-Lick.

Copyright Edward J. Bradley 2007


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