Ripped to shreds ๐Ÿ’”

Acid tongues lashed
Unleashing a torrential downpour
Of words that spewed out
Burning red-hot
Tearing through
The tender walls
Of their listeners' hearts


Like a giant active volcano,
The hurtful words
Flowed like molten lava
Fiercely churning
Scathingly hot
Burning everything
That stood in their path
Leaving nothing but
Charred, broken remains
In its wake


Though the attacks
Were often short-lived
The damage they wrought
Upon the fragile hearts
Lasted very long
Too long
For time to excise
Its healing touch


The scars ran deep
Invisible
Unknown
And uncared for
By the outside world
Safe within the confines
Of a shattered heart
That has suffered too much

Hurtful words can cause a lot of harm. While the effects might be invisible, they are far from being inconsequential. It’s hard to take back what one has said and equally hard to un-hear nasty stuff too!

What are your thoughts?

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60 thoughts on “Ripped to shreds ๐Ÿ’”

  1. WEll told, and sadly true.
    One thing: “the listener’s hearts” does one listener have several hearts, or is this many llsteners and word affecting the listeners’ hearts? I couldn’t tell from the rest of the poem if this is an individual, or multiple people, being lashed by cruel words.

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    1. Oh Christine. Thank you so much for spotting that one. I had missed that one. It was supposed to be listeners’. I’ve corrected it now. Thank you so much. โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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  2. “Acid tongues lashed” i know so many with acid tongues and thank you for writing about this, as many dont realize the damage they cause so long they can just wag their tongues around..

    Brilliant poem

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  3. It is my opinion that words may cause the worst wounds, especially to a child, especially if it is your own child. Older parents like myself must caution new parents of the danger of words spoken in haste, in reaction. The cut is deep, too deep to heal sometimes.
    Reaction is a danger for parents, for anyone. Reaction causes exaggeration of punishment, reaction can also cause promises made in the heat of happiness. Promises and punishment must both be made with a clearer mind.

    A father’s and a mother’s words are the dearest to their children, the words of a spouse are the dearest to their beloved.
    Speak cautiously to the ones who love you, a negative incident needs minimum of seven positive ones to START to heal. I share from my heart. – David

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    1. Well said, David. Words can be harsh but the scars left by harsh words can be deeper when they are uttered by a loved one. We should choose our words wisely, for we’ll never know the consequences they might have. Prevention is indeed better than cure. Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such a thoughtful comment.

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  4. Wow man I Loved it
    Like a giant active volcano, The hurtful words Flowed like molten lava Fiercely churning Scathingly hot Burning everything That stood in their path Leaving nothing but Charred, broken remains In its wake
    These lines are so awesome and like soul of the poetry Loved it

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    1. Yes, the scars remain and it’s almost impossible to remove. Thank you so much for reading and for leaving such a thoughtful comment. โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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  5. Very well written and you are right that words have very strong impact on anyone.
    A word can be a weapon to hurt someone or it can be a medium to make someone happy. We must use them with great caution m

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      1. Who can say and words spoken so damaging can hurt each and everyone. In this world of illusion there is good and bad so that is why there are people who hurt and there are people who speak good too. You are welcome dear.

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      1. It’s my pleasure! โ˜บ

        Thank you for the consideration, Shweta. I’ll go with the prompt I posted first. Maybe, I’ll get a chance to publish this someday!

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    1. Yes. It’s much better not to speak when you’re angry. You’ll end up saying a lot of things that will make you regret a lot. Thank you so much for reading.

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