If we could only feel the heartache
That a thoughtless word can bring;
If we alone felt the sharpness,
And no one else could feel the sting.
If we could never hurt another
By the thoughtless things we say;
For our every thought and action,
We alone would have to pay.
I am sure we’d be more careful
Of our words and deeds each day,
And there would be less heartache
From the things we do and say.