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The Cutting Edge

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The cutting edge,

Serrated, jagged, ragged,

Notched and pocked,

Can’t hurt as deep as

Tongues like swords

That pierce with words,

That lash like a *nine-tailed cat,

Wound right to the bone,

Gouge out the heart

And tear you apart.

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©Denise G Allen, 24 March 2013 11:06

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* Cat o’ nine tails – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_o’_nine_tails
The cat o’ nine tails, commonly shortened to the cat, is a type of multi-tailed whip that originated as an implement for severe physical punishment…

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people!

16 thoughts on “The Cutting Edge

  1. another winner… I stand in awe that you continue to pound these out on a daily basis… when is the book being published… or have you not planned on that.??

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  2. Oh! How heart wrenching, Denise.
    John

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  3. Wonderful variation on “the tongue is mightier than the sword.”

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  4. oh dang…so true…our words have the power to give life and take it…and the wounds it gives stay open for a long time…

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  5. Never did go for the saying: sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but words will never hurt me.

    Nothing is more painful than words that stab the heart; it is a wound that takes a long time to heal.
    blessings ~ maxi

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  6. Denise,

    I love this poem! If there are two ills that plague this world most commonly, they must be backbiting and gossip! There is a quote from my own religion that goes:

    For the tongue is a smoldering fire, and excess of speech a deadly poison. Material fire consumeth the body, whereas the fire of the tongue devoureth both heart and soul. The force of the former lasteth but for a time, whilst the effects of the latter endureth a century.

    Very well done!

    john

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  7. I loved the line about the nine-tailed cat..

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  8. You’re so right, words can cause powerful bruises on the soul.

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