Richard Blanco on Childhood Abuse and His Poetry

A beautiful piece from the heart of a poet.

Read, and remember just how much words can hurt, and how those wounds can last a lifetime.

When you label a child, especially as a parent, you imprison them with the ideas and expectations that come with that label. As in Richard Blanco’s case, it can take years of introspection and the assistance of others to undo what was done from ignorance and fear.

Let’s all try to be extra careful with our words. Hateful words, once spoken, take on a life of their own, and it’s sometimes impossible to take them back. It takes many loving words by those who matter, and deep understanding by the one hurt, to restore a balanced self-image.

One thought on “Richard Blanco on Childhood Abuse and His Poetry

  1. Mubarak

    before, I think the state should privdoe some kind of legal recognition for the polygamous unions. It’s not quite as simple as the case of gay marriage since there’s some legal complexity in terms of which spouse is next of kin, and how is an existing marriage (legally) affected by additional polygamous unions, etc., but the logistics could be worked out. This contractual paper trail would privdoe legal rights and legal recourse for those women who’d like to leave polygamy, and it would make it a lot easier for law enforcement to separate abusive cases from cases of consenting adults who deserve their right of privacy. Since at least some of the Mormon fundamentalists are adults who are in it by choice, it doesn’t benefit anyone to push the whole thing underground, legally speaking.And I agree that the reason polygamy is illegal is because of competing ideas on what is “God’s will” — not because of rational arguments.

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