“Sticks and Stones” – A Mental Health Awareness Spoken Word Poem


Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words will never hurt me. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words will never hurt me. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words will never hurt me. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words will never hurt me. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
words, words can shatter souls. Words can destroy homes. Words can ruin lives. There are approximately 100 billion neurons
in the human brain, spanning across 3 main sections of the organ. In one of these sections, called The Frontal
Lobe, is a part called the Broca’s Area, and this is where words are created and processed. Also in The Frontal Lobe is the part that
controls emotions, called The Amygdala, which is part of The Lymbic System. Do you know what else The Lymbic System does? It controls physical pain. When someone says something, millions of neurons
begin sparking, sending messages telling your brain what you heard, to what you feel emotionally,
to what you feel physically. A+B=C. So, you see, sticks and stones MAY
break my bones, but words can LITERALLY make me feel that way. Words swirling around my head like a million
synapses firing all at once, sending signals to my brain telling me that my heart is bleeding,
my legs are broken, my skin is freezing, and that there’s a knife stuck so far in my gut
that I can’t breathe. When I was growing up, I couldn’t understand
how words could hurt so much. Why everyone else could just get over it,
but each syllable stuck in my mind like that proverbial knife, twisting and turning uncontrollably. Words bleeding out of my subconscious into
my everyday life. Words that I said, he said, she said, nothing
changing, no progress made, just an unending loop of adjectives, verbs, nouns, ripping
me apart from the inside out until there was nothing left but self-loathing that bled out
onto the carpet, and all I could do was cry inward from the pain and apologize for the
mess. Now, years later, I’m confronted with that
same lymbic system. Words from decades ago coming back to haunt
me like ghost neurons rising from the grave to remind me of past failures and disappointments. Each day wrestling with these demons while
simultaneously adding more on top of them. Every other word that I say, coupled with
other people’s reactions. It’s like a chain of negativity wrapping itself
tighter and tighter around my psyche, choking off my airway, my circulation, my very ability
to reason. Each morning I get up and don’t know if I’m
breathing or suffocating, because some days they both feel the same. They say, “Sticks and stones may break my
bones, but words will never hurt me.” Well, biology proves them wrong! Sticks and stones may break my bones, but
bones will heal, scratches will scar, scars will fade, but words… words can stay with
you. I’m not saying that weapons don’t do damage. I’m just saying that sometimes words can do
so much more. I’m just saying that physical breaks can often
be fixed, but mental ones…

11 thoughts on ““Sticks and Stones” – A Mental Health Awareness Spoken Word Poem

  1. I can relate. I could never quite articulate to anyone adequately enough what "words" can do to you. For people out there, if you've lived it, you understand. If you haven't – you are blessed more than you know. Wonderful writing! I'm a huge fan!!

  2. Great concept! I appreciate the explanation of what happens in the brain. Thanks!

  3. I really love the concept of this, it is so true and relatable! Also incredibly well performed, the pace of it was superb and the emotion in your voice was spot on. The only thing I would say is, it felt a little at times like you were trying too hard to fit the technical words in which slightly upset the otherwise brilliant flow of the piece. Overall, very well done!

  4. I found you by chance, but I'm honestly so happy that I did. I've only seen a few of your videos, but I'm already in love with how well you put some of the things I'm feeling into words when I've never been able to even fathom how to explain them. Thank you so much for sharing your gift.

  5. Well executed and written! Keep up the good work! How long does it take to make these?

  6. Thanks for taking the time to watch! Please let me know if you found it helpful. Also if you liked it please click that red SUBSCRIBE button above (it's free, and let's you keep up-to-date with my videos). Thanks! 💙

  7. it's cool I was looking for inspiration I was disappointed before I heard you cause everything else was shits

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