Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Concrete Words

I drag these rubber
boots through biting
brushes. Every step I
take, the tangled bramble
challenging. No jabs
nor wild punches can 
penetrate my thickened
skin, but the harsh words
you mumble thinking
I don't hear form
concrete in these
waders through my life.

@laurie kolp

Prompt inspiration: 3WW (drag, mumble, penetrate)


Linda Jacobs said...

Oh, my, yes! IVe been there! Words are so much more powerful than anything else. I like how you found a fresh way to get that message across!

Bethe77 said...

OUCH! Yes! Words more pentrating then anyother. They are either life or death in my book. Great work with the word prompt. Excellent!

Sheilagh Lee said...

so true my mother always use to quote that stick and stones will break your bones but names will never hurt you"Stuff and nonsense words hurt as do actions

Unknown said...

Fabulous inference and imagery, Laurie. Heavy-laden with meaning, too.

Rachel Hoyt said...

I hate that harsh words can penetrate anything. I wish someone would invent a force field that made them bounce off. Great poem.

Sheila said...

wow, concrete in the waders of my life is an awesome line and sums it up poignantly.

Shauna said...

wow. this poem is a knock-out.
so true, words have power.

Laurie Kolp said...

Thank you all for your kind words.

Andy Sewina said...

I like the way you got the three little words in!

Jae Rose said...

So much effort to keep wading through..I see little red wellies and lots of brambles and bush..always, always keep forging ahead though...that's how you leave me in this wonderful piece..Jae

Shail said...

Words are worse than anything when it pierces

Stu Pidasso said...

A sharp tongue is one of the few things I inherited from my father and learned from my brothers, which I wish I hadn't. The saying that actions speak louder than words seems to apply more in some instances than others.

Anonymous said...


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