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Updated on March 26, 2013

By: Wayne Brown

(Writer's Note: I was inspired to write this poetry after reading The Frog Prince's "Everybody Hurts Sometime" which can be found at the following link:

I suggest that you read his article and then read the poem to gain a perpsective on the inspiration. ~WB)

Sharpness of the tongue; searing spoken word

The emotions rise on a rush of what we heard

Out there on the edge where expectation flirts

The place we know where everyone hurts

Words that sting like needles; slice like knives

Melt into our brain and haunt us in our lives

Never thinking about the words they blurt

Never remembering that we all sometimes hurt

Emotions fine as china; so easily shattered

Friendship torn asunder; self is all that mattered

Plunged to the quick as the true meaning asserts

Offered in anger forgetting that everyone hurts

Where is the comforting solace; where is sympathy?

Can people not engage with some sense of empathy?

Do we forget the pain our stinging words assert?

Do we not remember that everybody hurts?

Once the words are out; the damage is inflicted

There is no back tracking; no path unrestricted

Apologies can soothe but never quite subvert

The pain inflicted when everybody hurts

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26 March 2013


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    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @sunflowerforests...Thank you. I am rather partial to Cash myself. Good luck with your journey here on the Hub. ~WB

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      5 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

      Very nice, and I absolutely love Johnny Cash.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @acaetnna....Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

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      5 years ago from Guildford

      Beautifully written and said!

    • Wayne Brown profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @PegCole17...Thank you, glad you enjoyed this one. ~WB

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Beautifully said Wayne. We've each wished we could take back our words from time to time. Your poem was beautiful.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @b.Malin...I know I am...I can remember one incident all the way back to 4th grade where I wished that I had kept my mouth shut. We live and learn. Thanks much! ~WB

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      b. Malin 

      5 years ago

      Hi Wayne, you've capture the Frogs words with your Beautiful and Poignant Poetry. Everyone is guilty at one time or another of wishing they could take back those Hurtful words that came out of their mouth.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Eiddwen....Thanks much, Eddy...Jim kind of challenged me to come up with something that paralleled the article. Glad you liked it. ~WB

      @drbj....Thanks much, Doc. It came right from the heart. Had a bit of hurt inflicted on me a few times. ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Absolutely, positively perfect poetry that underscores the hurt we inflict on others with angry words we cannot erase. Thank you, Wayne, for nailing this one.

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      5 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful and oh so true poem.

      Voted up and enjoy your day.


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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @WillStarr...That is so true, Will. We grow thick skins with age but love always allows a doorway for hurt to enter through if we encounter it. Thanks much! ~WB

      @Vickiw...Thanks much, glad you enjoyed it. ~WB

      @Gypsy Rose Lee...Yes, I remember that song and I also remember it by another singer of the 50's I believe....can't quite pull up the name but I can clearly here the voice on the intro. I thought that song was quite appropriate to that time of life for Cash as he had truly lived some of it and in the end would have traded it all to have his wife, June, back at his side once again. Thanks much GRL! ~WB

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. There is a certain kind of quiet that falls upon a room when people have said hurtful things to one another and the words sort of hang there while you stand with a heavy heart. Your poem expresses it all so well and I absolutely love that Johnny Cash song. Also Elvis's song Hurt came to mind where he belts out "I'm so hurt..." Passing this on.

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      5 years ago

      I loved this, Wayne. What a good reminder not to hurt others, and also the power of words on our emotions.

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      5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      As children, virtually anyone can shatter us with a word, but as we get older, only a loved one can can hurt us with a careless remark.

      Great work, Wayne. Very good.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @Annie Miller....If you were touched then I am successful in achieving what I desired with this poetry. We humans have the ability to inflict great injury with our tongues and our actions. It is an ability to be guarded and used with the utmost caution. Thanks much, Annie! ~WB

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      Annie Miller 

      5 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      This and the companion piece by @TheFrogPrince touched me so deeply and on such a personal level. The pain inflicted by words can last a lifetime.

      Thank you.

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      Wayne Brown 

      5 years ago from Texas

      @The Frog Prince...You should write more in that vein, Jim...I think the feedback you get will show that. Poetry is so tied to inspiration and I think it comes through between the two pieces. Thanks much! ~WB

      @Ericdierker...I'm a big guy myself and I know what you mean. Sometimes the smallest things do the greatest damage to us...emotionally at least. Thanks Eric. ~WB

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      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Being big an tough I am often hurt by words. Others sometimes forget I am just a little small boy inside. Nice hub

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Oh and BTW. I gave this 4 stars but I couldn't hit the funny button! And I linked back here from my Hub. Called team work I reckon.

      The Frog

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      The Frog Prince 

      5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Wayne - I thank you for the work you put into penning some of the most powerful verses I have read. You captured the essence of what I wrote in my Hub and I thank you my friend.

      You can't take back things said but you can take the time to work through any misunderstandings about what was said. Or you can just walk away.

      The Frog Prince


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