Phrase that Kills

Phrase that Kills

A Poem by barleygirl
"

certain words are show stoppers

"

When your fierce reply begins:
“With all due respect . . .”
nothing respectful follows.
(That’s what I suspect).


Bracing for the diatribe
that’s bound to reject
gentle words offered before.
(That’s the net effect).


So why not just kill me now?
Spare us the train wreck.


© 2016 barleygirl



Author's Note

barleygirl
"With all due respect" . . . often a sign the speaker is not much of a listener.

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“With all due respect . . .” nothing respectful follows
I completely agree with the lines.
There is this another phase which is always annoying:'no offence'
When anyone used this phrase, we know that something really hurtful is going to come in our way.
These phrases are indirectly indicating 'okay, i'm going to attack you now! Be careful'
Thanks for sharing...nicely penned

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Yours is the BEST interpretation, so far! I love it! You are so right about "no offense" . . . I lov.. read more
Happy hours

1 Year Ago

Your welcome.. :)



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With all due respect. You just stand there till i think of something nice to say.
Okay could you maybe come back tomorrow. I'm bound to have thought of something by that time. lol

Posted 1 Month Ago


Yaasss!! Add "having said that...." *snort* dead give-aways to those who know how to listen between the lines....

Posted 1 Month Ago


New King James Version. (Proverbs 26:20-21)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Aye, I think I know what you are talking about here. Come to think of it I realise there are so many times time when I come across a lot of people who said this and followed it up with their high and mighty talk trying to thrash my argument on a particular topic, without even having given an ear to what I even mentioned. Some times they are so interested to talk about what they have to say they forget that listening will actually help them more. and the best part when they spout all that nonsense and it takes me just a few lines to tear them apart... they realise that they just messed with the wrong guy here. I can't tolerate such people who a) disrespect the other person by not paying any heed to him/her and b) they spout all sorts of nonsensical talk and just because they use some hi-phi words they seem to think of themselves as very intellectual and knowledgeable people Another word which I think has a similar effect where it's trying to convey "Hey I am going to attack you right now..." would be "Please don't mind" Very irritating because usually what follows next after that are questions which seem to give the illusion that they are showing compassion when really all they are trying to do is invade the personal space and try to know more "things" about the person for them to gossip about later on..... Thank you for sharing

P.S. Sorry for venting out like this and not talk much about the poem as such but I guess just brought back memories of a few events I hated a lot.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Érenn

1 Year Ago

You're welcome, I most certainly enjoyed this one( in a different manner) Unfortunately when I end u.. read more
barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Even tho I write a poem saying: "I hate when people do this" . . . the next day, I watch myself doin.. read more
Carol Cashes

1 Month Ago

Oh, barleygirl, you just made me laugh out loud. Too many times we are the very things we hate. Hu.. read more
Present generation habit I guess... Your observation on life and people is something that I admire and I know how clear and exact your views are... I have used that phrase in my life a couple of times until I realized that there is no meaning of the word 'respect' in that phrase.... It's a symbol of showing pride even if that person knows that he is wrong on the inside...very cleverly done... Clippings....

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I love your observation that this phrase shows a lot of pride. Very good & true. Pride definitely ge.. read more
Very clever. You are right, it is like, they don't believe you are due any respect.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Thank you for understanding my little rant! *smile*
“With all due respect . . .” nothing respectful follows
I completely agree with the lines.
There is this another phase which is always annoying:'no offence'
When anyone used this phrase, we know that something really hurtful is going to come in our way.
These phrases are indirectly indicating 'okay, i'm going to attack you now! Be careful'
Thanks for sharing...nicely penned

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Yours is the BEST interpretation, so far! I love it! You are so right about "no offense" . . . I lov.. read more
Happy hours

1 Year Ago

Your welcome.. :)
Just read your 'Karma' story and here's a retrospective suggestion for Julie. "With all due respect, Julie, you are the grumpiest surliest rudest neighbour, you have no friends, you break all the water and parking by laws, and your so pristine garden is a lonely shell for a lonely woman; with all due respect!" Maybe an exasperated 'I have tried so hard to reach out and be friendly' in there to soften it, but with all due respect, would she have been worth it!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Your review made me laugh out loud so much, even my dogs lifted their sleepy heads from underneath t.. read more
barleygirl

1 Year Ago

Oh no! I probably don't make any sense, becuz I just realized this IS my "with all due respect" poem.. read more
When I hear that phrase I just generally turn my ears off and go about my business. I hear it (or something similar) mostly from my students who love to voice their objections even when they don't have anything intelligent to say. I agree, 'just kill us now'.

A really fun and creative poem. Thank you.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

What age are your students? Sounds like high school age . . . I can just picture how they would be ... read more
James

1 Year Ago

I'm a recovering high school teacher, now I'm the director of career services and History instructor.. read more
Yes, they may as well say I don't agree with you at all but I'll start off gently and hope you don't yell back.

Well put.

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

barleygirl

1 Year Ago

I actually love the way you've stated it in your review, more than my poem!!!! So well said & with a.. read more
Autumn

1 Year Ago

haha, glad you liked it.

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