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They’re Not Just Words

Trigger warning: emotional abuse, childhood abuse and bullying are mentioned

I usually don’t write poetry on my blog but this beauty came to me out of the blue. Inspired by recent political events and domestic violence awareness month, I felt compelled to share this with you.

They’re Not Just Words

They’re just words he says.

Words that bully a 7-year-old who can’t understand what he or she did wrong.

They’re just words that deafen gentle ears.

Words that make you believe you’re stupid and ugly.

They’re just words that leave wounds no one can see.

Bruises heal faster than poisonous words.

They’re just words he says.

Words that can be held against you in court.

Words that you have to be careful saying at work so you don’t get fired.

Words that we don’t want our kids to repeat.

I say they’re just words too.

Words that can make a difference.

They’re words that rebuild self-esteem because they’re cloaked in love.

They’re words that I never believed before spoken to me by a therapist.

Words like, “You didn’t deserve this” and “One Day At A Time.”

I didn’t know the power of words.

Gentle words spoken by therapists, teachers and social workers.

Words that parents never told us but a stranger can make us believe they’re true.

They’re just words that I speak in my head to ward off anxiety and the Devil.

Biblical words, meditative words, words in other tongues.

My words have power too, I tell him.

My words build bridges.

My words take me higher.

Where do your words take you?


If you would like to learn more about domestic violence awareness or red flags in relationships, please refer to my previous blog posts:

Have You Seen These Red Flags In Your Relationships?

5 Elements Of A Healthy Relationship


  1. This is beautiful. If only more people knew the power of words.

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