Sticks and Stones

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Sticks and stones were thrown at me,

A diatribe of pain.

I believed, and in belief

I bruised myself again.

Sticks and stones were thrown at me

I questioned and I scoffed –

Stood my ground with shield in place;

Deflected, they bounced off.

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm…” Ephesians 6:11 NLT

10 comments on “Sticks and Stones

  1. kris landt says:

    NIce poem, Melody. The older I get, the more I realize that people’s opinions (including my own) are just a bunch of words with no inherent weight or meaning.

  2. Marcy says:

    Great poem, Mel. Holding you up in prayer today.

  3. Jean says:

    Great poem. “Deflected, they bounced off”…but it would’ve been better if the sticks and stones hadn’t come your way to begin with. Civility is what’s needed.

    • melodylowes says:

      Yes – but this is reality. This is the real world. And our words can be powerful, both for good and evil. I am learning – the hard way, as do we all. As a mom, it is hard to see the sticks and stones in the air, isn’t it?

  4. Janene says:

    Nice poem, Melody. I think as people get older, they grow armor to protect themselves against words. Still, words do hurt me and I’ve seen first-hand how they can wound children in ways that take so long to heal. I wish words would only hurt if I let them.

    • melodylowes says:

      So true. I think to say “Don’t let them hurt you’ is too big a burden to place on a young child. It denies that our feelings of pain and helplessness are real and valid. Every parent has to deal with playground tears – and I’m afraid I haven’t always given my children the actual skills they needed to build the right kind of armour. But wishing I could go back does nothing…Going on from here is everything!

  5. petroneagu says:

    God’s armor gives us so much strength outside as well as inside as I’ve already experienced in my short life.
    Sticking to your beliefs, that’s always a must for ones integrity.

    Lovely poem, Melody. I wish I was a bit smarter to really absorb your poetry at it’s true value.

    • melodylowes says:

      What beautiful words… Thank you, Petro. You are much smarter than me – reading and writing in another language is beyond my skills; never sell yourself short!

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