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

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


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

nannette rogers kennedy

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