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Words Can Cut Like A Knife

Updated on April 14, 2017

Words may be very sharp, can cut like a veritable blade,

Slicing and dicing the pages, they're on a cutting parade.

Words to penetrate the skin, of the weak and the shallow,

Sharpened by a stone of truth, they slice into the marrow.

Words may be a positive force, in helping some of course,

Often used to make some lose, is a very destructive force.

Depends on the chosen context and by the particular user,

One party is sure to win, while the other, an unhappy loser.

When words are used to hack and whack, chop, so carelessly,

Improper pronunciation or cursing is quite foolish as it can be.

They often may come back to haunt those guilty perpetrators,

Is such a poetic way to self-destruct, for those foolish agitators.

Evil words that pierce and wound, to lacerate, all returned in kind,

Sent back to the doers, fiendish ones, labelling as if were so blind.

Those to shear and shave, to snip and chop, as a barber to crop,

Or to shorten, bisect, or just to abbreviate, as in a butcher's shop.

Yes, words may cut like a razor, or a sharpened knife's blade,

Especially damaging when revealed, is nothing but a charade.

Truth may be a blessing, those wrongfully accused, so played,

Seen by some distressing, the misguided, a simple escapade.

True, it's the self-righteous ones, as they're slashed to the bone,

For often self-denial is the master, this where no truth is shown.

Threats may gash, as opinions clash, these not as penetrating,

Only in realizing one's own weaknesses, to be so exasperating.

There's no doubt about it folks, words may cut like a knife,

Oops, another paper cut, I just can't escape to save my life.


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    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      16 months ago from United States

      Yes, my friend. Many blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      16 months ago from Central Florida

      Words are very powerful. They can be used as tools, or slung about like deadly weapons, especially the spoken word. Words can't be "unheard". Apologies don't make them go away, either.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Yep, you are so right, my friend. Many blessings to you and yours. whonu

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      17 months ago from Texas

      Amazing hub whonu, but I love words

      especially if they are true

      although words can sometimes cut like a knife

      words can also save your life

      and sometimes it is just the way they are said

      that can take away the strife



      Blessings my friend

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Yes they may be. Blessings my friend. whonu

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      17 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      So very true in your most expressive poem. Words are much sharper than knives.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Thank you, my friend, I and hope that you and yours have a fine Easter. whonu

    • Librajay profile image


      17 months ago

      very well narrated.True, words can cut like a knife and also words can bring warmth and happiness in one's life.

      Happy Easter :)

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Thank you, Lisa and many blessings to you and family. whonu

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      Lisa Chronister 

      17 months ago from Florida

      Words are powerful, indeed. I really enjoyed your poem. It flows very nicely, and even has some humor thrown in.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Thank you, threekeys and many blessings. whonu

    • Missy Smith profile image

      Missy Smith 

      17 months ago from Florida

      I Like that little tidbit at the end. As far as words cutting like a knife, yes, I believe they can. Even so, after the scars heal we become just a little stronger from the experience. Words are wisdom, which shouldn't be used to harm intentionally. I can be a brash, and I suppose a self-centered writer at times; however, it is only an expression in attempts to relay my emotions on the way I feel at that time. I hope I don't directly affect a single person in a negative way, unless it is for the good of protest and my strong beliefs on issues.

      Very well written and expressed as always, Whonu. :)

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      17 months ago

      As you reflected upon "sharpness", so was your poem sharply insightful, who nu. I think some people are more affected by words than others. Speech and the written word can move us in many directions. So, yes, we need to be mindful the best we can do with our words.

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Hey, Eric. Yep, we all need to be a little more careful in what and how we say, using any words in particular.Of course, everyone has most likely said a few things that they would like to have back. I suppose that's why we are still called human beings. Blessings my friend. whonu

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      Eric Dierker 

      17 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am a recovering word knifer. So nice to hold it back a bit. Thanks

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      All seriousness, when coupled with a little humor seems to make it more bearable. Blessings, my friend John and thank you. whonu

    • whonunuwho profile imageAUTHOR


      17 months ago from United States

      Thank you Kristen and many blessings on this Good Friday. whonu

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      Kristen Howe 

      17 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great poem Whonu. Very poignant and visual with an excellent rhyme scheme. Nice work!

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This sounded like a very serious subject whonu, because words really can hurt.. But the ending was great. I have had a few paper cuts in my time :)


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