Defensive

N. C. Wyath - All Birds Shall Have Homes, Out and Away in the Blue Mist, Off and Gone in the Gray Haze. 1928

N. C. Wyath – All Birds Shall Have Homes, Out and Away in the Blue Mist, Off and Gone in the Gray Haze. 1928

Defensive

I’ve heard it said a child’s inner voice
is in his parents’ tones.
The angry, impatient words spoken
unthinkingly
ring in their ears
and tell them they are not enough,
tell them
for the rest of their lives.

For every word spoken harshly,
a hundred should be spoken in love,
if only because the angry words sting
and stay and replay
and replay
and replay.

So that defensive feeling
is your heart fighting off
that ugly voice
telling you
you were never enough.

But you are.

You are.

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