It’s a scary, helpless feeling being bullied.

You feel like the biggest coward the world has ever seen…

If you have ever been bullied…you know exactly what I mean.


I was a whole lot younger when a bully took my money every day

and the guilt and sadness I felt back then has never gone away.


I never told my friends or family…I was too ashamed

and though his face pops from my memory every now and then…

I long ago forgot his name..


But I’ll never forget how he made me feel…and all he took from me

for not only did he steal my money…he stole my dignity.


He made me feel weak and frightened…and I am still appalled 

at how he made me feel inferior…how he made me feel small.


So when I see bullies out there today

with guns, with intimidation…searching for respect they have not earned…

I’d like to share a little wisdom about bullies I have learned:


Bullies prey on our weaknesses and in doing so they think they’ve won

but a bully will back down when we stand together as one.


Because despite how they portray themselves…

a bully is not strong, or confident…or wise

a bully is just a coward…the bully is his disguise.


So I will stand with anyone standing tall 

for Black Lives Matter…

for Native Americans…for women

for anyone oppressed or bullied…in this land…

having finally learned a lesson

it took me 50 years to understand.

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Recent days have not been well

I have kept this from my caregiver

But the kids inside my school

Their acts just make me quiver


This is for Jace

Who has lost all his sanity

For he has gone to the dark side

Where he lost all his urbanity


I'm sorry if you did not

Want the world to know

That I'm oh so desperate

To not let go


I hope I am welcomed back

Into society

I hope I lose

All of this anxiety

Author's Notes/Comments: 

For Jace.

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This starts out as a question:


If you saw someone being bullied…if it happened right in front of you…

would you try to make it stop…isn’t that what one should do?


If you saw someone being bullied…If you saw another person being mean…

would you sit there and do nothing…or would you intervene?


When we see someone being bullied…we should not act blase…

We should be outraged that there are people who mistreat other people in this way…


I was bullied while in grade school…he had a mean smile…never funny…

when every day he stopped me in the hall and relieved me of my money…


That was over 50 years ago…but it’s lodged within my brain…

I still remember embarrassment…I still remember pain.


Bullies have no moral sense…no inner voice… no class

while the victims of their bullying have a heart made out of glass.


Bullies callously pick up that heart and drop it on the floor…

where it breaks into a thousand pieces…damaged…forevermore..


And once a heart is broken…(because that is what a bully does)…

It will never be the same again…or put back the way it was.


It is up to us to protect glass hearts…so no bully will ever again drop them…

If we are serious about stopping bullying…then it’s up to us to stop them.


So it’s no longer a question…


When you see someone being bullied…if it’s happening right in front of you…

you must be the one to make it stop…in fact…it’s what we all must do?


Because when we see bullying and don’t stop it…then we need to understand…


the blood from the shattered heart left behind…is blood that’s on our hands.

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We begin life in a loving family, where we’re given our own name

and though we are all different, we are treated...all the same.


Then we begin to play with other children and we see we’re not the same

and as children do before their taught…we call each other names.


Names like fatty, ugly, four eyes...are some of the insults that we blurt.

Names that make us feel superior...

names that injure…

names that hurt.


This is an accepted fact of life; it’s sad but it is true,

and, if we’re lucky, we are quickly taught, this is not what children do!


With this lesson in hand we grow up to see the splendor in all names

and though we still see differences…we treat everyone the same.


But some adults have forgotten this lesson; 

they don’t treat each other the same

They only see the differences…

they still call each other names.


This again is a fact of life, and again it’s sad but true.

Perhaps some adults need be reminded:

Your children are watching...


and told that’s not what grown-ups do!