The Pen

by Pamela Hixon Rhea

President Abraham Lincoln asked

The author, Harriet Beecher Stowe, upon their first acquaintance,

"Is that the little lady who started the Civil War?"

Such was her impact and writing significance.

So it’s true, I suppose, the pen

Is mightier than the sword,

And many victories have been won,

Through the printed word.

For words can convict,

And cut as if with a knift,

For only those stout of heart and courageous,

Will apply "weighty words" to their life.

A person may hide behind many things,

But, easily recognized is their writing style,

As unique as a set of fingerprints,

And in the reader’s mind, on file.

I’ve never understood "anonymous,"

For one not to be proud to sign their name,

For everyone who recognizes "their style,"

Blatantly knows their name.