English Poems Index

Truth :

Sticks and stones may break my bones,

But words can also hurt me.

Stones and sticks break only skin,

While words are ghosts that haunt me.

Slant and curved the word-swords fall

To pierce and stick inside me.

Bats and bricks may ache through bones,

But words can mortify me.

Pain from words has left its scar

On mind and heart that's tender.

Cuts and bruises now have healed;

It's words that I remember.

By Barrie Wade

Words to Know :

Bruises : cuts and marks made on the skin

Haunt : trouble, disturb, worry

Mortify : shame, crush and embarrass

Pierce : stab or puncture

Scar : wound, mark

Slant : lean or slope to one side

Word-swords : words those are as sharp as swords

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