A Poem About Bullying
Yes, this is a direct title, designed to catch your attention. But, it’s not clickbait because it does what it says on the tin — I promise.
You should derive your own meaning from poetry.
But sometimes poetry could use a little explanation.
Especially if it’s an important topic — one not visited regularly enough.
It is one of the biggest mental health issues, yet often gets sidetracked in modern discourse — a hidden epidemic.
And it doesn’t get the attention it deserves.
Wet tarmacadam sloughed off like skin
further from his comfort
he had never been
size five sneakers flailed about and ‘chase’
was no more a game than a life or death reality
screaming vulgarities and smirks as they knew better
all cuts closer to the bone now
when once in a while the paper shows
polished children in brown boxes
too small to hold a heart of gold
but large enough to sleep beside
trite opinions sorely felt