how do words hurt?

how do words hurt?
is “this” a dagger? No…
even unsheathed it draws no blood

other
words are just the same
on the page they are merely marks
smudges really
easily wiped away
crumpled up and discarded

but…

when words are wielded to do harm
retarded
infirm
mentally ill

jump off the page
with a slash of
the pen
the roar of
the voice
draw them with intent
a word from such heights
causes irreparable damage

do not only choose your words
wisely
choose your ways as well

— GB

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