Sticks and Stones

“Sticks and stones

can break my bones,

but words will never harm me.”~ childhood rhyme

 

A stick can poke

and a stone can bruise,

but each will heal eventually.

 

But hurtful words,

are third-degree burns,

that sear through layers

of delicate tissue.

 

Those painful words,

leave deep scar tissue,

and an aching pain

that haunts like a phantom limb.

© annettealaine-2013
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