Creative Work

Words Hurt

Dillon Harris

People don’t understand that words hurt.
A racist comment makes me feel like dirt,
like I’ve been spat upon
by people who think they’re better than me.
They’re joking, maybe.
But their words leave a void within me,
especially when I look at them
and see the hate in their eyes,
when I see how much they despise me
and anyone like me, for that matter.
I’d rather be made fun of for being fatter
than other people,
because that part of me I can change.
But the color of my skin
will forever remain
the same.

– from devozine (September/October 2011). Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

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