Hedgehog in Reverse: A Poem

It  is  so  hard  to  stay  away   even  though circumstances  demand  I  must. So  Here  I  am  with  my  heart  on  my  sleeve  again. Just  a  quick  visit  to  get  an  annoying  set  of  words  off  my  brain  and out  of  my  heart.

9739f77602a3f673d4c0eafd65933dc1Hedgehog in reverse
It is such a curse
Deeper each day
The barbs don’t go away.

Piercing deeper than deep
Through my brain they seep
Sometimes they make me fall
Always they sting and make me small.

I close my mind to fears
When verbal barbs assault my ears
There is no where I can go
There is just no escape I know



30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Martin
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 17:22:08

    I hope you are ok Willow. Sending you hugs.


  2. Paul
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 18:01:50

    So true Willow. When I read your poem, I thought of the post that Mike Cullen did about the gay youth in Australia and all the other downtrodden and powerless in our society.Thank you so much. By the way that video was very powerful and I passed it along to Mike with your website address. Thank you.


    • willowdot21
      Mar 25, 2016 @ 17:40:43

      Hi Paul, I don’t know what happened, I thought I had replied to this. I hate not being able to spend proper time here. I just have snatched moments here and there. I agree completely with you the down trodden need a voice and I hope Mike can appreciate the message in the video and know we support him. xxx


  3. cordeliasmom2012
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 19:11:59

    Hugs, Willow. Anything I can do to help?


  4. gigoid
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 19:40:50

    Each time you hear a “barb”, in your mind, change the offensive word, usually the word used to hurt, into another word more pleasant… e.g. “You’re an idiot” becomes, “you’re a genius” (and, at the end, you can add you own comment in your mind, such as “while YOU are an ass!”)

    They never know you’ve not been hurt by their words, for that is their purpose. They can only feel good about themselves if they make others feel small… the act of a child who never grew up…. not a man.

    If you can disengage, which I know you already do, then you can play that little scenario in your mind, and he will become as ridiculous in your head as you wish, to match how ridiculous he is in reality….

    And, I can only hope he chances upon this….




  5. Lynz Real Cooking
    Mar 24, 2016 @ 19:41:50

    have missed you! hope all is well!


  6. socialbridge
    Mar 25, 2016 @ 23:13:51

    Beautifully articulated. Hope the writing helped YOU. xx


  7. Bee Halton
    Apr 02, 2016 @ 21:05:52

    Sending a hug :-


  8. jetgirlcos
    Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:21:25

    Hugs to you dear Willow!


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