The Poetry Question

Discovering the Relevance of Words

QOTD – April 30 – Sticks, Stones, and Words.


Sticks and stones may break my bones,

but names (or words) will never hurt me.

It’s bullshit, right? We’ve been hearing this nursery rhyme since our early childhood, but it’s simply not true. In fact, there is no pain like that of being spoken down to, called names, or having words used against us in some way.

Plain and simple, words are our only true super power. They can be used for good or evil, but they are our power.

This might be a painful question for you, but I want you to examine some of those terrible things people have said to you.

What did they say? Why did they say it? How did you react? Did it change you?

About Christopher Margolin

Chris Margolin spent more than a decade in Education as a high school English teacher, and is now an Instructional Coach for the Longview School District. He is also the founder of The Poetry Question, an online journal which focuses on reviews of small press poetry publications, and runs a regular series called "The Power of Poetry," where notable poets share their personal stories of how poetry has affected their lives. Margolin resides in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, and daughter.

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