Wednesday, August 18, 2021

WEP - Freedom of Speech

    WORDS

 I wish you'd never been born

you're useless

moron, I've told you a thousand times

you disgust me

get out of my sight

                have you seen yourself 

                                ugly

          what are you, deaf, dumb, and blind

            you'll never amount to anything

                      you're nothing now

                          straight A's, ha

                     you're just showing off

   can't tell your ass from a hole in the ground

                     stupid is as stupid does

                    idiot, I've raised an idiot

                    I'll never understand you

                              stupid cow

                       get out of my sight

          you are the worst, the absolute worst

                   you've ruined everything

          I hope you live a long unhappy life

                                whore 

         you'll never be anything but a whore

           you were the ruination of my life

                    as far as I'm concerned

                          you don't exist

     I never want to see your face again, ever!

                      © Yolanda Renée 2021

Photo by Zika Radosavljevic on Unsplash


42 comments:

  1. Whoever it was who said 'Stick and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me' was an unmitigated liar. Most of us wear at least some scars from a tongue lashing. And sadly they are precisely the type of words that many freedom of speech advocates want to be free to use.

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    1. Day in and day out by both parents leaves a child forever broken!

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  2. Hi Yolanda - that was most definitely a horrific post for this prompt. Well done - I really felt it ... I hope he rots in hell. Now I'll not be able to forget it for the rest of the day or probably longer - excellent take ... Hilary

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    1. The worst party in this story is a woman. Some were never meant to be called Mother.

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  3. Great entry. Words can definitely hurt, as your post for ths prompt shows. Thanks for sharing t.

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    1. The freedom to speak doesn't mean all words should be spoken. Thanks, Natalie!

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  4. Powerful. Horrifying and powerful!

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  5. Some words should never be spoken. This poem reached into the deepest places in my heart.

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  6. Tragic, that some say all those things to their children still. My husband was told he was never wanted. In fact, that was one of the first things his mother said to me. I couldn't believe it.
    Nancy

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  7. Words are powerful, and they can wound deeply. This is a haunting piece. I feel for whomever is on the receiving end of such cruelty.

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    1. Wounds that are almost impossible to heal. Thanks, Laura!

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  8. It wouldn't take long for the recipient of this verbal abuse to give up on him/herself, would it? Either that or they'd go on to be a mighty force in the world.

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  9. That is exactly how you abuse the freedom to speak or rather all the liberties you have. It's a different way of looking at the prompt. And it hits hard.

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  10. My heart just broke for the daughter. How does a mother do this to her own child??

    You manage to pack so much into such a small word count. A unique and excellent take on the prompt.

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  11. Hi,
    This is rejection pure. Sometimes we forget that the words that come out of our mouths are prophetical and can leave a lasting stain because they effect our destiny.
    Shalom aleichem

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    1. Yes, and a harsh lesson for a child. Thanks, Pat!

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  12. Such awful behaviour, unfortunately these things do go on behind closed doors.

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  13. What awful things to say to a child, regardless. A potent take on the dangers of free speech. Well done, Yolanda.

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    1. Some words should never be spoken to a child. thank you, Christopher.

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  14. Oh Renee, you've touched a chord with this one. How many children are ruined through careless, hateful words from a parent? Too many. The power of parental utterances which come from a hateful heart.

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  15. How awful. The Germans call slander and libel "reputation murder". That about some it up! Thank you for this powerful entry.
    Carole

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    1. The murder of confidence for sure. Thank you, Carole.

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  16. Powerful words. My heart weeps because I know how it feels.

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    1. My heart hurts that you know this! Thank you, Christine!

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  17. Stinging words, sure to affect any child subjected to such abuse! Hopefully, they have the strength to overcome their upbringing. Such a profound piece, Yolanda. It definitely touched a nerve.

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    1. Faith was the answer here. Still is. Thank you, Debbie.

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  18. Words do hurt worse than sticks and stones.

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    1. Very much! And the results don't show until years later. Thanks, Jamie!

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  19. How hurtful can a mother’s words get….you nailed it Yolanda. Great poem. Thanks.

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  20. I remember those words. Originally, they were being yelled at me in a language I didn't know. But later there was someone else with me who did know. Finding out the translations didn't help. Or maybe it did, because that was when I realized I had to get myself out. Anyway, it's a cruelness used to try to break someone, to create a victim. Some villains really will come right right out and show you that they're evil.

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    1. I'm sorry you heard them at all, but yes, some villains do! Thanks J Lenni, appreciate your words!

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  21. Well I finally got around to reading this and it shook me. Very powerful indeed and I love how you have implied how freedom of speech for one can cause great harm to someone else - as others have commented here, 'Sticks and stones...' We can't just vomit out our thoughts and if these are the thoughts going through his head, well, he needs to have his head examined.

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    1. Thank you, Kalpana. Your words mean the world to me!

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