There is a distortion of the destruction norm
A misappropriation of the word, to harm people
This application devastates the mind and soul
Just as the building being demo’ed collapses
Imagine that destruction, but not of a building
But of a person, their very identity in society
Undermined by an avalanche of judgement
The external expression of their being ill
Now a source of difference for merciless taunting
Destruction should never apply to a person
And yet it happens everyday, in small ways
Little asides that may not intend, but devastate
Destruction is simply the act of destroying
Frequently applied in the building industry
But equally applicable to identity and lives
This destruction not by workers but by ‘society’
Hearing you are not “normal”, but “weird”,
You are not “socially acceptable”, often subtly
Words that destruct the target of the comments
Demolishing their self esteem, their self worth
Who is ‘society’ to judge what passes as normal?
Who is ‘society’ to choose the target of destruction?
We may be forced to hide, to avoid your persecution
But who are you, hiding behind the majority of “society”?
Destruction of a person because they do not fit in,
Is a crime perpetrated by society, on its members
We are members too, we are not outside of it
Except when you throw us away, defining us worthless
We also self destruct, destroy ourselves in pain
Fighting to fit in, to be accepted, to be ‘normal’
We adopt societal definitions and try to reshape,
Our very being to become anonymous, amorphic
What is wrong with us, that destruction is applicable?
Why not build us up and therefore strengthen everyone?
Why not embrace our rough edges and drafty construction?
To create a beautiful diversity that serves us all
People should not be defined by their labels
Destruction should not be the answer to difference
We fight to preserve a building under threat
And yet who fights for the mentally ill?
This one is not sitting right for me. I was given the title and thus the content but I am not sure I crafted it right. Any advice gratefully accepted.