Anti-Bullying Week

Many of you will know that I was bullied in my first high school, the school failed to deal with it and my parents, thankfully, moved me to a much better school where I didn’t have to deal with it. This means that bullying and anti-bullying causes are close to my heart. I hate the idea of anyone having to deal with bullying, of feeling so excluded and hurt. I’m no expert and, to be honest, I can’t see a way to stop bullying, there will always be bullies in the world in all areas of life, not just as children/teens, but if bringing awareness to how damaging it is makes even one bully stop and think, surely that’s for the best.

Anyway, the lovely Victoria who runs Prose For Thought is raising awareness this week using her linky, a wonderful thing to do, so I had to take part and share a poem. Sorry it’s a long one, once I got started it just came out.

You think it makes you cool
And that you’re hard as nails
When you say those horrid words
To make somebody frail.

Maybe it’s ‘cos you’re hurting
Perhaps you need advice
But lashing out at others
Just isn’t very nice.

I don’t think you would have
Cared what I went through,
Don’t think it would have mattered
That I was hurting ‘cos of you.

I really don’t think you minded
That I wanted to die,
All that mattered to you was
It made you feel so high.

But for the record I was lonely,
I hurt more than you saw,
At home I cried and hurt myself
Praying, ‘please, no more.’

In front of useless teachers
You played the ‘sorry’ card,
But underneath you planned
To make my life more hard.

I hated life, I couldn’t cope,
Was desperate to die,
But even though you made me ill,
I win, and here is why:

I moved schools and I know
Got better grades than you,
I made awesome friendships.
But you don’t have a clue,

How long it took for me to walk
By those old school gates
Without the fear and anxiety
That you had helped instate.

And now I fight my illness,
The one you helped arise,
And though you don’t remember me,
I hope karma still applies.

Prose for Thought

2 comments

  1. Lisa from Lisa's Life

    I hope the karma dude’s working his magic too 🙂 Visiting from #Prose4T & you’ve captured your theme perfectly.

  2. Verily Victoria Vocalises

    Your post just landed up in my inbox as I am subscribed to your blog lovely. I had to come right over and say what a truly wonderful, wonderful poem this is. I definitely believe that it is one of your best – so heartfelt and constructed beautifully. I am sorry that you had to go through this but so pleased that you were so strong and got out. Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought xx

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