DVIDS – News – Words Have Power

“Words have power,” says Colette Jones. Words have the power to inspire, promote understanding, and build relationships, but also have the power to undermine teams, discourage understanding, and limit potential. Colette Jones, US Air Force Retired, is a mother, veteran, and poet.
She has written over 2,000 poems throughout her life and realized that poetry was not only a dream but an outlet.
“Writing is cathartic for me. I keep writing until the ink in my mind and the body is clear.”
What’s been described as a deep and honest talent was developed by her late grandmother, Alberta Mae Smalls Hampton. She was able to spot the talent within Colette at a young age.
“She saw me scribbling on the table and napkins. What others would perceive as gibberish, she noticed was poetry, so she encouraged it.”
Alberta also honed Colette’s public speaking skills by having her perform speeches at church services. She’s been asked by different organizations throughout South Carolina, to include US Army Central, to recite her poetry from her during ceremonies and at open mic nights throughout the state. When people ask her to write, she approaches it with an open mind and reminds herself about the possibility of impacting one person.
“Poetry is a spoken word — you don’t need a gift, write what you’re feeling. Your pain is the pathway to someone else’s healing.”
An example of Colette using words to heal is during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, where she encourages victims of sexual assault to take their power back.
“You are not what people think. Think about your mailbox. The bills are important, but coupons are considered junk mail. Anything that is not important to pay: your mind, peace, and joy is considered junk mail. People’s opinions about your situation are considered junk mail. Throw it away,” said Jones “Do not blame yourself. It was your body, not your mind, and you are not the sum of that situation. Allow healing within your mind and heart.”
Poetry enabled Colette to transform her thinking and remove “her chains of bondage” by giving her an outlet to move forward from what she describes as “a wound.” She now can boldly share her story with empathetic, heart-rending, and powerful words.
“There is no power over me anymore. I am not a victim. I am victorious. I kept writing until I was victorious. Poetry has enabled me to heal.”
Through success and hardship, Colette lives her passion and continues to pursue her writing because words, in the form of poetry, have changed her life. She focuses on the impact her words de ella have and takes every opportunity to experience, grow, and learn because, as she says, “you can learn something from anybody.” She does n’t let her past experiences hinder her from pursuing that passion and encourages others to do the same.
“Things are impossible. No, I say. I’m possible!”

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