sticks and stones….


….may break my bones,

but names will never hurt me.

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A familiar saying from childhood

but not the truth.

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Dressed up as “Truth”

I believed it.

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Only  lately,

I began to see  through the garish makeup

and too loud clothes it wore;

hiding the core of violence within.

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Oh, they hurt alright,

but they weren’t supposed to!

Something must be  wrong with me;

They hurt badly,

Something that needed  fixing.

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Those painful thoughts only added to the damage.

(Enter: self-help gurus)

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Now,  it’s time to remember

that it’s okay to hurt

from words or blows

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Emotional bodies

are just as capable of being wounded

as the physical

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no,

more so.

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The physical one heals faster.

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