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The People You Hurt - Jedidiah Beecroft

Your words are a bullet

Your passive-aggressive comments are a slap in the face

You make others miserable to make your misery seem less

You become a terror in someone's life, so you feel better about the one in yours

You’re damaged, so you destroyed others

You’re a piece of shattered glass stabbing your victim and leaving them with just enough glass to stab another person.

You project the hate you receive unto others.

You were hurt, so you caused hurt.

I watched you hurt and let you hurt others.

Who am I to judge you?

My silence was the bullet.

My ignorance was the slap.

Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.

People hurt others when they're hurt. This is the point of view of someone who watched someone cause pain to others knowing they could do something to stop it.

Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.

While I was a freshman, I experienced bullying which made me feel isolated. Despite people apologizing silently, no one ever confronted the bully. They would continue talking to the bully as if they didn't know what he was doing

Why did you choose to write this poem?

It's really important that we don't just sit back and watch when someone is being bullied. We all have a responsibility to speak up and take action, even if the bully isn't targeting us directly. If we let the harmful behaviour continue without any opposition, it only makes things worse for everyone involved. So let's come together and make a difference by standing up against bullying.

Do you have any tips or anything to share with the youth writers who may be reading this?

It's important to always remain true to yourself and express your thoughts and opinions, whether verbally or in writing. Honesty and authenticity are key to building trust and establishing meaningful connections with others. So don't be afraid to speak your truth and share your unique perspective with the world.

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