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words matter

February 13, 2021
By ilanadrake PLATINUM, New York, New York
ilanadrake PLATINUM, New York, New York
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my pencil falls and my head feels cloudier.


somehow, i can’t comprehend those



that make the world around me feel


like the ice that hasn’t melted.


it starts as an insult used by the jocks on the football team

they throw the word around like the football they hold

and it continues to make its way into class.


the teachers ignore it

like it’s a post-it note flying around

or a message being passed

but my voice speaks

and i feel thunder rolling out.


that word hits like a bullet

speed too fast

and hurts like hell.


why do we treat our words

like they don’t matter

as they make others


into the dark?

The author's comments:

This piece speaks out against the use of the R-Slur and voices the need for inclusion. Our words matter. 

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