English Poems Index
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