Words This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

April 11, 2008
When you are young
People tell you,
“Sticks and stones may break your bones,
But words can never hurt you.”
Every time someone tells me that
I just turn to say,
“I would have to disagree.”
Because profanity and insults
Are just as painful
As a whip on the bare back of a sunburned slave.
It’s a stinging kind of feeling
That never really goes away
And stays with you long after the damage has been done.
They are memories to remember
Or scars to touch.
So you tell me,
Because I find it very hard to see,
How words don’t hurt at all.

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iisurvived said...
May 9, 2011 at 10:50 am
i like it tons!! very true!!
laurelli said...
Mar. 17, 2011 at 8:38 am
i very much agree. sometimes words hurt worse that the deepest cuts and take a million times longer to heal.  great job on your poem!
HannSawyer17 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 1, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Awesome poem. :)
Crispy said...
Oct. 20, 2010 at 9:26 am
I agree 100% with your work. I have been called names and remember hurtful things that people have said to me and on the outside I don't let them know that it hurt but it did and it still does. Words pople say don't go away they stay in your mind forever.
Dessometrics said...
Oct. 19, 2010 at 9:53 am
i love it and couldnt agree more
KrystalT replied...
Nov. 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm
I feel exactly the same way!
gymn88 said...
Jun. 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm
i really loved your poem and i feel the same way.  all the memories of insults hurts and will never go away
bmmsth said...
Mar. 2, 2010 at 9:40 am
this is very true words do hurt alot...some peope say that they dont really care wut is said but everyone really does after a while...ayway very good
~Reaa.Mae~ said...
Nov. 26, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Preach it hun. <3
I totally agree with you on this.
Words do hurt. A lot. =\.
writing101 said...
Nov. 16, 2009 at 8:54 pm
i agree with that. words are powerful.
Hollywog. said...
Aug. 4, 2009 at 4:46 am
I LOVE this poem. I agree with it entirely and I'd have to say that it is one of the best and most inspiring poems I've read in a long time.
This totally relates to what's going on in my life at the moment.
Keep the incredible work up!
Well done!
sweetbaby_11213@yahoo.com said...
May 21, 2009 at 1:29 am
something that everyone can relate too......
mcBut3r said...
Apr. 1, 2009 at 10:55 pm
love it, i was thinking about that saying as few weeks ago, totally agreeing with you... :)
BlackKitti said...
Mar. 6, 2009 at 9:53 pm
Loved it it was really cool and i totally agree!!!
booklover28704 said...
Mar. 1, 2009 at 7:18 pm
True very true!
megan! This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 27, 2009 at 12:03 am
It's weird.. today I was just writing a poem in my head about this exact idea. Sticks and stones, words may never hurt me. It's interesting how people can have the same thoughts and ideas.
CoOkIeMuNsTeR said...
Feb. 22, 2009 at 7:12 am
I really like this poem! I agree with your view of the saying "sticks and stones" its completely ironic.
SaveThEmpty said...
Feb. 17, 2009 at 2:48 am
true true..this would have to be a fave of mine!
frankys-baby said...
Feb. 16, 2009 at 7:31 pm
this is so true and i agree that words are somtimes like a whip
chewsbooks said...
Feb. 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm
so true, so true. BTW: I love the simile about the slave...my English teacher would love you for that one. :-D
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