Sticks and Stones

Author: Raven Shadowborne © 4/28/02

Used With Permission Of The Author(s)



Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me.

A phrase intoned for self defense
supposed to ease the sting of acid tongues.
What foolishness is this?

Words can, Oh! yes they can!
pierce, cut, burn and tear
rendering a soul torn asunder.

"Words can't break your bones?" Oh! No!
Instead they break your soul

Hateful words quickly entrench in one's mind
They spread out, push their roots deep
and stay for all time.
For the rest of your days, my friend...
Those words can hurt again
and again
and again
And they will..because they can

Drumming into your bad you are
how useless..profane
How disappointing to the judge
Recurring words sap strength
destroy joy, leave nothing but pain

They hurt....those words

Oh! yes indeed..

Words like these..are agony

Words do hurt.


Sticks and stones may break my bones
But words can break a life



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