The Words

They told her she was worthless. They told her she was stupid, unintelligent and then some.

They told her that she deserved the beatings and abuse. That her greatest fault lay in existence, and that she lived to be crushed and crumpled at their whim.

They told her that the angels wept the day she was born – that day when heaven itself was darkened – and that she would never amount to anything or do anything or be anything. Or anyone.

She heard the words. She believed the words. She was the words.

She wore the words like ill-fitting garments upon her ugly self, and heard them echo like gunshots in her empty heart, and carried the weight of their contempt in her broken and bleeding soul.

Silence and sorrow were her companions. Tears were pointless. Hope was inconceivable.

Love was a mysterious and untouchable unknown.

The words were spoken. The life was shaped. The soul was scarred.

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They told her she was beautiful. They told her she was smart and sassy, had personality and charm and then some.

They told her that the world was an undeserving admirer of her goodness and grace. That her existence brought life, and that she lived to bestow beauty and blessing in return.

They told her that the angels wept the day she was born – their joy a mere reflection of God’s delight in her – and that whatever she did or became, she was first and foremost His precious child.

She heard the words. She believed the words. She was the words.

She wore the words like a shimmering gown upon her radiant self, and heard them echo like a song in her beating heart, and carried their kiss in her strong and gentle soul.

Wonder and peace were her companions. Laughter was inevitable. Hope was eternal.

Love was a mysterious and glorious presence.

The words were spoken. The life was shaped. The soul was sacred.

 © Emma McGeorge

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6 thoughts on “The Words

  1. Mamma says:

    Very powerful, Emma! I, too, wept for joy the day you were born…

  2. Shanna says:

    Beautiful, Em. Everything you post on this blog either makes me smile, or stop and think for a minute…. or both!! Well done

  3. Hayley says:

    It’s upsetting sometimes knowing how words can be so powerful as to shape a person so strongly an permanently. Makes you think of what we may have said to others that may have been taken negatively. Unfortunately it’s easier for the receiver of those comments to remember them.

  4. Neil Strugnell says:

    It has been said that there is something mightier than the sword – indeed it is the human Tongue. Anger and thoughtlessness can cause such irreversible damage – while love and positive encouragement can lift one beyond the stars. Your concept of both is so very eloquently captured…!
    Again I say unreservedly “WELL DONE, Em. It’s BEAUTIFUL.”

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