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Sticks and stones
May break bones
But words...
They tear and shred
Until hearts are dead

Sticks and stones
Can make fire
But words...
They are ever-burning embers
They are flames of spoken warmth

Sticks and stones
Can build a house
But words...
They shelter hidden meanings
They sing a shield
Of a universe united

Sticks and stones
Will break my bones
But words...
They speak truth
And they shall set me free

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Ren-P. said...
Oct. 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm
I love this. OMG. This is the best thing I've ever read! Keep writing amazing stuff like this, please. :)
Ashle N. said...
Jul. 31, 2009 at 11:40 pm
Amazing as usual.
Hay_Wire This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 24, 2009 at 3:20 am
wow. thats great. you take the negative meaning, do a good job of explaining it, then go on to explain what we always miss .its great :)
benmagos said...
Jun. 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Thank you for your comments on some of my poems. This one is my favorite of yours though they're all good! I've never seen this kind of take on the sticks and stones. Creative and truthful. Words are too powerful. :)
Anjo! said...
May 16, 2009 at 1:30 am
JooJoo said...
May 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm
this is my life written
EdytD said...
May 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm
What's interesting about this one is that you seem to be talking about the possible harmfulness of words, but then continue to explain that words give a feeling of compassion and warmth. I love the imagery and comparisons.
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