Which is more potent, a word or a knife? Each is a means to an end of a life. Both can strike without prediction. Both can wound with self-infliction. Word delivers spoken lashes. Knife delivers welted slashes. Word targets mind with verbal assault. Knife targets skin with fracture and fault. Word creates chaos as mind breaks within. Knife creates mayhem as blade breaks the skin. Which is more potent, a word or a knife? Each is a means to the end of a life.