Sticks + Stones
"Sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me."
Um, someone got that all wrong. And shamelessly
kept the wrongness alive for generations.
Words can hurt, help and everything in between.
In commerce, they're often used to manipulate a purchase.
In anger, they're often used to attack or defend.
In love, they're often lost... and replaced with action.
That's the best and highest use of words,
when they graduate into vital verbs. Deeds
that actually mend bones.
5/26/2012 08:08:41 pm
Words most hurt when they are carelessly used, when we forget to test out the tone of them with our inner ear before spilling them on the earth - or, all too often, flinging them in peoples faces.
5/27/2012 12:39:25 am
Your stitchings here Derby, in this comment, are quite gorgeous. Thank you for the lovely, and effective, metaphor.
12/31/2015 11:56:38 am
What accurate imagery you have offered here, Derby. Thank you! Testing words in our inner ear before spilling them on the earth -- this is of tremendous concern to me.
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