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Sticks and Stones

pink lilly

Sticks and stones that break your bones

are better in my view

than angry words that spirits own

long after they hit you


Angry rage does set the stage

spawning words laced with hate

they hit a mark deep in the soul

the hurt and pain too great


Make your aim your tongue to tame

take time to mend the scar

people can forgive and love again

stop before you’ve gone too far


I hope the angry things I’ve said

will be replaced by praise

I pray with effort I might become

one who speaks with kinder phrase


Karen Quinn 2002/2013


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