All English Sonnets
A word containing harmful foul intent,
When uttered in the softest of the tones
Achieves the purpose for which it is meant-
It blasts the very marrow of the bones.
If hit by such a word, a gentleman
Can either take it without a grievance
Or if he cannot do it, then he can
Retaliate in kind and face to face.
And make the utterer eat the humble pie
Or eat his words in order to retrace
The psyche injuring steps by and by.
But yet an unkind word, in every case,
Momentarily( whatever else it lacks)
Has got in it to stop us in our tracks.