Wednesday, October 20, 2010

It Gets Better




Now, in this mirror
you see brokenness.
Maybe you believe
abomination.
Maybe you believe
nothingness
is a cool balm
for torment.

But look again
at your fractured
reflection.

It’s the mirror
that’s broken

not you.

The Bug (who is wearing purple today for gay teens)
10/20/10

The YouTube project called “It Gets Better” is a noble effort to help save the many young gay and questioning children and teenagers out there right now who are struggling, who are contemplating suicide. The project tries to show those “despairing LGBT kids who are being bullied and harassed, kids who don’t think they have a future” that adults who were in their same situation as them have endured and emerged in a safer, happier place. They are examples that life goes on, that situations do improve. From the Being Blog.

This is a One Shot Wednesday Poem and a Magpie. Please go to those two sites to check out other authors.



35 comments:

  1. smiles. ah but we are all broken just a little...so maybe it is both...smiles. nice massage...nice one shot!

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  2. that is such a compassionate and tender piece Bug. Thankyou for all the kids who need that kindness.

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  3. Thank you.

    I too am wearing purple and so is most all of the high school where I work.

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  4. I've found that our flaws only make us more interesting, not broken.

    (My mirror is a fun-house mirror!)

    Nice One Shot, Bug!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your poem with us. My daughter went to school in head to toe purple today (yes, she has purple jeans...). I missed the purple memo so I thought she was just being weird. I will be putting a purple ribon on my door when I get home.

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  6. A very important distinction to make on what is distorting our senses, our appearance. Nice one shot.

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  7. Loved the ending.Very thoughtful!

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  8. Ha! Apparently anything between < and > doesn't get printed. There was a STANDING OVATION in there!

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  9. Great ending Bug. I saw on face book about wearing purple today. I did not go out today so just had sloppy clothes on... but my thoughts were with supportive.

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  10. Didn't say my last post correctly...I meant my support was there even though I did not wear purple.

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  11. Amazing post!
    I wore my purple today!

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  12. What a great statement. We look at others and point and stare when all the time it's us!!!

    Nice poem for One Shot

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  13. Love your poem, and I applaud the purple!

    Teresa

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  14. U r so, so right. Smtimes u lk at smthing & focus on the wrong thing in that pic, so what u c is a falsehood.

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  15. It's the mirror that's broken not you! Perfect line. Perfect for today. (I wore my purple too.)

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  16. But is it blemished, or just we are broken only a tad...

    Nice piece.

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  17. Mirrors only reflect outer appearances - it's the inner ones that count. :)
    ( I wear purple lots - just because I like it - never heard of wearing it for any other reason, but I would have today, if I'd known!)

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  18. Very good...its most of the times we identify ourselves with the things that happen around us, paining us but not knowing that this is not happening to us but to the self image that we have created... nice end to a great verse... I liked it so much...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  19. So much around us is broken, sometimes we forget our capacity to heal.

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  20. Beautiful poem and so true... so true. I hope this surge of awareness continues.

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  21. Your Magpie is uplifting and full of good karma ... loved it!

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  22. So smart and touching..we all need to be built up!

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  23. That was a wonderful, timely and heartfelt piece, Bug. I really hope the message was broadcast loud and clear. Up with tolerance, love and acceptance :-) As it happens, I'm almost always wearing purple, as it's my favorite color.

    I love what people can do, when they band together to do something kind.

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  24. I loved 'it's the mirror that's broken, not you' - wonderful writing, I really enjoyed reading this. :-)

    My Magpie

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  25. This is awesome, love your Magpie!

    It’s the mirror
    that’s broken

    not you.


    Perfect!

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  26. "Maybe you believe nothingness
    is a cool balm for torment."

    Powerful line, Bug.

    "Abomination" must be the word of the day in the Bug/Linthead household! Love it.

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  27. stunning.
    flaws make you unique.

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  28. Suicide is always terrible, but even more tragic when it's a young person. Good message!

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  29. Exemplary use of symbolism to signal reassurance. Strong work.

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  30. "It's the mirror that's broken, not you."
    Beautiful...

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