“Words Can Sting Like Anything”*

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Cool clean cut lines

of cold hearted slashes

gashes of color

 drawn blood

sweat beads of  fear

you didn’t mean

you didn’t know

how far your words

would go

to hurt.

* Title from the poem by Phyllis McGinley on silence.

11 responses

  1. oh yes, they can be killing


    July 3, 2013 at 1:31 PM

  2. Far too often we hear and become aware of how the hurtful destructive words of someone destroyed another’s life.
    And one day if not in the present, they will be held accountable for that hatred.


    July 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

  3. Excellent, Ellen. I think my worst memories are the ones where I Know I said something hurtful–because there’s no taking them back, and sometimes people can’t or won’t forgive. God bless you–have a great Fourth!


    July 4, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    • I know. Me, too. There is no way to erase them from memory. Alas, part of being human I think. I am way more careful now.


      July 4, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      • I’m striving to pray more, speak less–or at least pray before speaking, since I’m a jabberer!


        July 5, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      • Good aspirations. I will borrow them from you!


        July 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

  4. Wow, so powerful!


    July 4, 2013 at 6:03 AM

  5. Genie

    I don’t believe people when they feign not to know how their words sting; I believe it’s passive-aggressive to add more injury by pretending they did not know their words had bullets in them.
    Own it – when words are used as weapons, but that would take emotional maturity, which is lacking in people who slay with words.


    July 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM

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