A poem about hate speech online

Aim and Ignite

A poem about hate speech online

Nikita is a No Hate Speech Movement youth activist who recently participated in a No Hate event in Dublin where she wrote this poem about hate speech online. It features contributions from fellow activist, Robert Kilpatrick.

 
Aim and Ignite,
the arrows fly,
hit and miss
I take the blow.
My friends take the blow.
Strangers take the blow
and I fall.
As those same hands will draw away
the air inside my chest.
Shot through the heart
I bleed confidence.
And when my computer finally powers down
I lay in bed and repeat
and repeat
and repeat
the knife-edge text.