Photo Essay: If Words Left Scars

 





Poem by Ellen Dixon


If words left scars

Words don’t leave scars, 

it’s a common fact,

A thing you can’t ignore,

Words don’t leave scars,

So when you call me that you don’t see the pain I bore

Words don’t leave scars, but if they did, you’d scream at the harsh wounds on my skin.

Words don’t leave scars but if they did, you’d be marked just like me 

Except I wouldn’t make your wounds open. 

I wouldn’t make you bleed

Words don’t leave scars but if they did,

I wouldn’t do to you what you did to me.

I’m better than that, you’re not.

We’re both diseased, who will be the first to rot. 


[Image Descriptions: Photo 1: A person screaming the words "Words Don't Leave Scars"; Photo 2: A person's back with scars and the words "Words don't leave scars, but if they did, you'd be screaming at the harsh wounds on my skin; Photo 3: A person screaming knives with the words "Words don't leave scars, but if they did, you'd be marked just like me. Photo 4: An apple with worms in it says "We're both diseased, who will be the first to rot?"]


Bio: I am 15 years old and live in Bolton with my Mum, Dad and cat, Gismo. I am passionate about everyone being treated respectfully and detest any prejudice and homophobia of any kind. I was diagnosed with Autism when I was 10 years old though the diagnosis took 4 years and was very hard at times. I wrote If Words Left Scars after being bullied in school and wanting a release of the negative emotions in a non lethal way. Ideally when I leave school I would like to be an author but would also like to study medical science.