bully (part 2)#30days #30days2018

not much difference

(speaking for myself)

between having a gun in your face

while your boyfriend high on cocaine tells you to lie back down on the bed

and having someone strip you and your life work of meaning and value

in the name of efficiency and political vengeance

trapped is what you feel

shame is what you feel

silence is what you do

knowing that someone is going to tell you

stop talking and then it will stop

stop resisting and then it will stop

stop exposing and then it will stop

not much difference in

what this does to the brain or the soul

not much difference between

1986 and 2018

two different bullies

same build

same skinniness

same height

same habit of dodging questions

same creepiness

same tendency of needing another bully to reinforce

same cowardly habits

different weapons same motivation of fearing

loss of control

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bully (part 1) #30days #30days2018 by Cherie Ann Turpin

Again I say to you

bullying diminishes

bullying perpetuates

bullying destroys

yet you fail to see

how that word hearsay silences bullied

how hard it is for the bullied to find empathy

how hard it is for many of you to feel much beyond contempt for us

how your contempt centers on the bullied

how your love of power depends on misunderstanding

bullying as strength

when in fact it the bully who suffers from

weakness of heart

weakness of soul

inability to think and act independently

hiding behind a bigger bully

impotence

fear of the other

ignorance of the other

who then isolates and alienates to control

cutting off anyone who questions tyranny

cutting off anyone who questions greed

shutting down dissent

“stop talking”

“stop writing”

“stop questioning”

gaslighting then feigning concern

using more than fists to smash spirits

like smashing teeth and bone

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