sticks and stones .....

When I was little I was told
that sticks and stones may break my bones
but words will never hurt me
yet words can stab the heart, my friend,
incite fear and hate and suspicion …..

When I was older I was told
the pen is mightier than the sword
but pens run out of ink, my friend,
and all the words that were ever writ
will never bring back the dead
and yet ….
words can heal,
soothe a grieving heart,
reach out to the lonely soul
share the pain we cannot bear alone
express the love we feel for one another


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I write stories. Sometimes I take photos.
The photos of me were taken by Ron Co
The art is by Sergei Rukavishnikov
I’m Australian, and I thank Muds for that.

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  • annamora
    annamoraover 3 years ago

    words ……

  • thank you for reading it, Anna :)

    – Alenka Co

  • abigcat
    abigcatover 3 years ago

    Yes :)) This should be a feature somewhere :-))

  • Thanks, David :)

    – Alenka Co

  • AshenShards
    AshenShardsover 3 years ago

    purty- :)

  • thank you, Shane …. I’m glad :)

    – Alenka Co

  • devotee1
    devotee1over 3 years ago

    Lovely write, Alenka; of course,even when words are positive this requires people being willing to listen or simply able, free to do so. Having read past works of yours, I know you raise consciousness in this direction as well. A work deserving a Favorte rating for sure!

  • Thank you for your kindness. I very much appreciate that you read my writing and left this thoughtful comment.

    – Alenka Co

  • Ushna Sardar
    Ushna Sardarover 3 years ago

  • Thank you, Ushna, for featuring this writing …… I’m honoured.

    – Alenka Co

  • Jak Savage (aka Unbeknown)
    Jak Savage (ak...over 3 years ago

    Quite simply stunning and emotive work, I applaud you x

  • Thank you for such a generous comment ….. very kind of you :)

    – Alenka Co

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenover 3 years ago

    Love this, and I am going to "feature it, congratulations!

  • Thank you, Mike …. how very nice to get a personal feature like this :)

    – Alenka Co

  • Mike Dineen
    Mike Dineenover 3 years ago

    Well after all those sticks/stones and words injuries, nothing like a few features to calm the wounded soul

  • A buzz just to know that someone is reading my stuff :)

    Thanks, Mike.

    – Alenka Co

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestover 3 years ago

    Excellento….. the word is here to stay me thinks…xx

  • Thank you for reading it ….. a nice compliment from such a skilled word-weaver as you are, Arcadia Tempest :)

    – Alenka Co

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    so well expressed – beautifully written!!

  • Thank you, Charmiene ……. I am honoured that you think so of my writing :)

    – Alenka Co

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