CRITICIZE WITH LOVE


“Ouch!”
Each critical word said
is a dart dipped in poison.
Each criticism humiliates
and penetrates a heart.
Angry words on a mission
buzz and sting.
The barbs bury themselves deep,
determined to keep
Love from recovering.
Criticism is difficult to eat
Without a coating of love.
Words that build and create
Belong on center stage
and those that stab and wound
Should wait to come of age.

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