Bully, bully

The days are gone
When one withering look
Could silence a room
The time has passed
From when your opinion counted
Your license has been revoked
All authority is rescinded
So whatever is was
You were about to say?
Just keep it to yourself.

~A poem by Meg Sorick.

Thinking about the kids as they return to school… I wish they all could realize that these days will pass and with them, the bully’s power to terrorize.

24 thoughts on “Bully, bully

  1. Bullies suck. I’ve taught my boys to just say, “Whatever.”, and go about their business. And, that if they keep it up, to take a stand. I’ve found that most bullies are really just cowards, and they shrivel up when stood up to. Again, bullies suck.

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      1. Yep. I’ve also told them the same thing. And that it must stink for said billy to have peaked in middle school. It’s such a small blip in the grand scheme of a life. My guys have been lucky though. Never had to deal with any bullies. Hopefully they’re prepared if it ever happens, even as adults.

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  2. I love it. This contain such a powerful message. Those bullies should have been ashamed of themselves. They need a reminder that everything they have done to the victims will come to haunt their life in such a way, which means there will be a day those bullies will deserve the bad for what they had done and feel the sorrow of the victims they have bullied.

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  3. Meg, this is a wonderful poem with a powerful message. I’ve reread this several times, it’s quite clever in that your words can also address time, making the aging process the bully. Laughing, you can tell where my head’s at. As with everything, all things pass and in most cases thankfully. Wishing you a brilliant Tuesday, enjoy the rest of your day. ~ Mia 💗

    PS. Striking sketch.

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  4. Both of my kids have been bullied. Not severely. They have friends and don’t hate school or anything like that. But there are always those kids who are just jerks. (I had a more aggressive word here but I changed it…lol) I can’t even figure out what it could possibly be about my kids that would make anyone choose them to treat like that. And I’m not just saying that as their mom. My kids are nice to people.

    Anyway… I have taught them to just ignore it and/or act like they don’t care (like Tony said… ‘whatever’). If it gets worse, tell me or someone at school. And they’re not afraid to do that, which is great.

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    1. That’s good! There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to bullying – why one kid gets targeted and not others. It might be jealousy, I suppose. But Tony is right, they’re cowards disguising themselves as strong ones. I just hope for the kids’ sake they can look past it to a future without those kind of people in their lives.

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  5. This is an interesting topic, one worth dialogue. My father might have been considered a passive bully, but I think his was a behavior learned in his home while growing up, but also as a means of survival, for he spent many years in the military. Not being outwardly physical, perhaps he learned psychologically how to survive and rise up the ranks. However, I don’t think he learned how to turn it off. He used silence and ignoring as a means of control. I understand this. I also understand he doesn’t know how to turn it off, that it’s how he knows how to be, but we’ve spoken on the subject a couple of times. I can let this go because I understand he himself was a victim of the self-same thing for what he described in his home life. Perhaps, with time, he’ll find a better way to be. Also, we have the opportunity to be ourselves as well.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I think maybe self awareness is a key. Understanding that the way you were treated or raised doesn’t mean carrying on the cycle. And recognizing your own behavior for what it is and wanting to stop it. Often its the bully who has the esteem issues and they use bullying as a way to feel more powerful. Once they can begin to feel better about themselves then the cycle can be broken.

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