Sticks And Stones
Author: Barbara Goodhew


The saying sticks and stones can hurt .
But names will never hurt me.
Well thats not true.

Name calling does hurt.
Broken bones will heal in time.
Name calling stays with you for a long, long time.

Being called stupid , useless or ugly hurts alot more
Seems to last forever. Never healing.
We can get over physical pain easier than mental pain.


Comments on this poem/writing:

Terrie* ( -- Saturday, July 10 2004, 08:58 pm

Barb, words to live by..

we raised our kids teaching them to show respect/not to raise their voice and never to use hurting words..we told them that they were not allowed to use such words until they were 21.. shut up, dummy and stupid were among many bad words, well before long then they wised up, haha but never used them and never raised their voice, verbal abuse can indeed mentally cripple a souls takes a special kind of individual to erase all that pain...eventually they do and they will..great topic to write about as a child advocate i,m w/u on this..good words build character/abuse breaks it down
Meridian ( -- Sunday, July 11 2004, 12:20 am

so right

I can relate, if not hundreds, thousands of times how I learned that the story behind sticks and stones is just a bunch of fabrication.... The wound does stay longer verbally.... Being teased, ridiculed, scandalized, and the list goes on and on....

Great thoughts, true thoughts!
barb ( -- Sunday, July 11 2004, 12:38 am


yeh as a kid that was emotionally abused I remember thinking just hit me get it over with, instead of on and on name calling.
Capricorn ( -- Monday, July 12 2004, 07:14 pm

I agree

I really agree here Barb. Words can hurt so deep and you always remember those words. They go with you all your life
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