Creative Work

Sticks and Stones

Lanny Farmer

It’s strange the way some are treated,
picked on, hurt, and defeated.
But the ones who are pushed, shamed, and hurt
will one day rise and find their worth.

If you see injustice and pain,
please don’t look the other way.
Take a stand, and do what’s right;
stand up for those who need the might.

Sticks and stones may break our bones,
but words attack the heart.
Let’s be careful with the words we say,
and let today be the day we start.

—from devozine (September/October 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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