People think them,

Some say them 

A bad word,

Bad words. 

Perhaps it’s time I brought this conversation to the table.

Been called a Nigger

And maybe a Faggot.

You, a ‘Dyke,’ 

Some twisted variation of whore and cunt. 

But what, what are the criterium- the actions necessary to be called one of the above?

I know when you don’t agree with someone else’s opinion

With haste they think to- no, call you stupid or dumb. 

A bad word, 

Bad words 

Where have they all come from?

On the school yard and in classrooms. 

In private meeting rooms at the office…

From the conscience of cantankerous misanthropes, 

Out of the mouths of men and women considered racist? 

A bad word

Bad words, shit, what makes them fit? 

Am I only a nigger if I act like one,  

Only a faggot if you allow anyone to treat you as such. 

Bitch, whore, jerk. 

Sticks and stones…

If bad words hurt no one, people would not use them so fucking much!

Spic, jap, Oreo, cracker. 

Do you think one feels more superior, better, stronger after slandering the character of someone else?

A Bad word.

Some friends use them, categorized as an “endearing term.”

Which bad word? 

All of them. 

So many bad words 

Not often thought of. 

And sadly don’t mean anything until they’ve hurt someone.