If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s the golden rule. Today marks anti-bullying day in BC.
Victor F. Hawley, a poet from Mcbride is hoping to put an end to bullying with his poetry.
“I get a line, I say a line and I just go with it. Usually the best poems I write are the ones that come in a minute, if I have to struggle it’s probably not a good poem.”
Hawley’s reason for spreading his message is simple.
“Well people get bullied all the time. And words hurt them. And people don’t realize that until they stop and think. And I try to put myself in different peoples positions. And I put myself in their position. For how I would feel if I was them.”
Hawley starting writing following a workplace accident. He had time off to reflect on life and decided to put pen to paper.
“I just watch peoples experiences and I put myself in their position and that’s how I do it. It’s just to make people aware that things they say hurt other people and you don’t have to say those words. You could say something positive and make that persons day a little brighter.”
And that’s what he’s hoping to do with spreading his written word. Brighten peoples day and spread the message of being kind to one another.
“Just to pass it on and hopefully it will click with somebody and they’ll be a little nicer to some people.”
To read Victor F. Hawley’s poems, click here.