I say hello My nametag dangles from my lanyard "Hello, my name is Liz Pronouns are kye/kyr" it says
They see the lanyard and they laugh. "Those aren't pronouns!" they say "She is messed up."
A 300lb woman looks into the mirror she sighs remembering her peers' words "You should lose weight." "You're very overweight." "Your obeseity is your fault."
A 75lb woman looks into the mirror Her anorexia laughs remembering the 300lb woman she used to be her peers then tell her "You need to gain weight."
Shut up. Shut up.
The boy hides his face Not giving the teacher eye contact The teacher calls his name His stomach flips upside-down She called on him on purpose he just knows it
In front of the class expectant, judgemental eyes glaring Instinct tells him to run He looks at his notecards All he sees is chickenscratch The teacher hangs her head in disappointment and growls "Just sit down if you have nothing to say."
Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.
A girl drags hersef through the day Everything is black and white Coming home to wild parents Who hit her constanty and then claim "I love you."
Excuses, excuses. For every welt, mark and bruise But when she gets one on her face- She had given one, too. In fact, she had given many How generous she was! The police came and arrest the girl. All she heard was "Her mother is dead."
Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.
Take a breath the girl tells herself She goes to her parents They stare, wide-eyed at her dress, eyeliner and nails they just stare.
She tells them her new identity They tell her "Chris. You aren't a girl. You're a boy."
Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. Shut up.
You read a poem titled "Shut Up" About the hardships The unfair, the despair of living life.
Please know Opinions don't matter If you are happy, who cares what they think? If they criticize you Just smile and say
You are valid. Please do not let anyone tell you otherwise.