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A single word can brighten the face by Yunus Emre

A single word can brighten the face

of one who knows the value of words.

Ripened in silence, a single word

acquires a great energy for work.


War is cut short by a word,

and a word heals the wounds,

and there's a word that changes

poison into butter and honey.


Let a word mature inside yourself.

Withhold the unripened thought.

Come and understand the kind of word

that reduces money and riches to dust.


Know when to speak a word

and when not to speak at all.

A single word turns the universe of hell

into eight paradises.


Follow the Way. Don't be fooled

by what you already know. Be watchful.

Reflect before you speak.

A foolish mouth can brand your soul.


Yunus, say one last thing

about the power of words --

Only the word "I"

divides me from God.

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