The Sting of the Tongue of a Critic

The sting of the tongue of a critic

Drains life and cuts you with it

Sharp and fast the knife of words

Come forth and with them

Pain and doubt and fear can enter

A wondering if all you are is in question

As the thoughts of another’s mind

Find place to roost in your own

When before you were doing fine

It takes more time and much more grace

To correct someone in love with restraint

To think before you spit it out

Saying all you think without

Considering how your words may affect

The hearer of your blasting mess

So consider wisely both word and tone

Will what you say truly help

Or are you just venting your own pain

Hurting others with your rage

From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks

Be careful what your words reveal

Sherry Carlstrom July 18th, 2011

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