Words Can Never Harm Me.

What follows is an idea which grew from watching short movies and extended commercials. It is dark and bleak and is meant to shock, at least a little.

 

If I could, I would make this video.

 

(An important element for this, both written and visual, is the soundtrack. A single song, “End of the Beginning” by Shawn James. It is exactly 2:00 in length, as the video would be.)

 

 

Words Can Never Harm Me.

By Kira A. Moore

 

 

{Fade from black}

 

Gloved hands. Booted feet, part of a long, black coat. You watch as someone begins climbing a metal ladder.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New scene}

 

A child’s hand cupping a butterfly with broken wings.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

Gloves and boots and coat climbing higher.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

A man’s voice;

 

“You’re worthless.” {A fist swings toward the camera.}

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

Gloves and boots and coat continue upward.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

A woman’s voice;

 

“You’ll never be worth anything.” {The sound of hand striking flesh.}

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

The figure reaches the top. A metal walkway a few feet wide, curving away into the distance.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

A piece of paper marked with a large, red “F.”

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

{New Scene}

 

The figure moves, a metal wall to one side, open space beyond the walkway on the other.

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

Words flash through the darkness.

 

“Worthless.”

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

“Useless.”

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

“Stupid”

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

“A waste.”

 

{Flash of black / Sound of a heartbeat}

 

It ends with nothing in sight but the metal wall. A pale color in cold moonlight. 

 

Then the wall is falling away.

 

{Flash of black / Silence}

5 thoughts on “Words Can Never Harm Me.

  1. Kira, I used the like button to acknowledge the fact that I read this, shocking yes, in my mind does it need to be made no. That is close to a lot of folks reality, especially kids, nothing can be gained by reminding them, and little would be gained in the exposure to others.

    Take care, BIll

    1. Bill,

      You’re right in saying this something close to many people, sadly verbal abuse happens and children are most often the victims.

      However, I must politely disagree about there being nothing gained in bringing this to their attention, or more to the point, the attention of the abusers, many of whom never consider the consequences of their words.

      No, those on the receiving end don’t need a reminder, they live with the reality every day, yet I believe they should be shown as many times as necessary, they are not alone. There are others who know exactly what they are going through, know the thoughts they have and share the feelings they have.

      As a survivor, I can not stress enough, someone who one has reached this point isn’t going to be influenced by a video, song, book, magazine, or commercial. They already made up their mind about what they are doing. It is those who still question, who still have a small glimmer of hope someone will notice they’re in trouble, who are looking for the smallest excuse to survive one more day.
      They need to see and hear the harsh truth. Not some candy coated version of reality where everyone is happy and no one dies.

      Sincerely,

      Kira

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