Word-Cruel Kids

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“Stupid,” “dumb,” “idiot”
reach their sinister tentacles
into the intellect
and drench
the bullied child
with fear and rage
and minus signs.

Right hook stupid

left jab dumb

straight punch idiot

Phonetics
pound black-blue,
scar-wounds deep.

A wicked dance
splashes drain
and doubt
into the mind
like indelible ink
on crinkled paper.

An audio tape
hooks in a loop,
and the words sting
and re-sting
even with effort
to quit
the cacophony.

In a miniscule space

between

ruminated rhythm,
the mother of the child
hears
the Voice inside whisper
“Walk the labyrinth again~
this time with Me.”

nannette rogers kennedy

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