Sunday, November 3, 2019

putdowns, worse than candy

the allure, and destruction, of the jibe

I teach middle schoolers,
and I can feel their vulnerability
to the jibe, the laugh, the humiliation, the hurt,

I know how easily
I myself can slip and fall into the self-doubt
that calls on us to crash, to wreck,

the putdown is like candy, but worse,
for while both can give a rush of pleasure,
the putdown builds pleasure from another’s pain.

by Henry H. Walker
November 2, ‘19

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