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When I first bullied,
I did so with a click of a mouse,
and a press of a key.
Through the computer,
my “harmless” words assaulted your
fragile psyche.

The next time I bullied,
was easier than before.
Like a loaded gun,
I hurled my harsh words at your
soft head.
Like a bullet to a brain,
your emotions exploded,
and flooded onto the ground,
like a gentle rain.

After that, you become stoic and emotionless,
dressed in black,
and scarred your wrist like rugged train tracks.
I thought it was funny, so I decided to cruel,
I punched, and shoved you,
made you out to be the fool.

This time was harder, because you didn't react,
you allowed me to hit you, and you refused to fight back.
So harder I tried, I pulled your hair, I called you gay,
and I treated you unfair.

I kicked you in the ribs, nearly broke your back,
and through all of my assaulting, you refused to fight back.
I guess you couldn't take it, I guess I went to far,
for that following weekend, you stabbed your right arm.

You died in your room, on the floor by your bed,
and it took eight hours for your sister to find you dead.
You left us a note, with a few words that read,

I forgive you for hurting me, but now I can finally
go home, and go to bed.

I went to your funeral, you silly goon.
Your hair was all blond, and that
ugly black make up gone.

You smiled from your coffin, and you looked truly relieved,
you looked like the boy you were, before you met me.

It's easy to bully, but easier to kill,
and though I never got caught,
I’ll forever live with this guilt.
Really, I think it's easier than most of us think. Some of us bully without even realizing it. 
Now me, I sympathize with both the victims, and the bullies, because they're both the victims of something. It's just a terrible chain reaction, anyway, I hope you enjoyed this (no, this isn't about me), but I hoped you enjoy it.  Please comment and tell me what you think. 
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AngeloDiTriste Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i can relate to the both sides and you put this situation into words beautifully!
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. I think many of us can relate to both sides.
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VampyreShimmer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This poem was very sad, beautiful and thought-provoking. It is quite difficult to tell when simple teasing ventures into the realm of bullying - it's a very fragile line to walk. You put it into words beautifully. :)
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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GlitteringStars Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can somewhat relate to the victim. I have been a victim for about a year or two, and I am still one, even when I simply drop to the ground with the kicks and punches and say nothing when the words come hurling at me. I haven't gone emo or anything, but I do cut. I cut for the pain, and I cut to control when I feel the pain. I have been probably the easiest person to target in my town, and yet the bullies don't see me cry to their horribleness. They don't know me at all, but I know them. This poetry is wonderful. 
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment, and I'm sorry that you had to go through all of this. Have things gotten easier. 
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GlitteringStars Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't need to be sorry. You have done no harm to me. Some still goes on, but nothing I can't handle.
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Dreamworld88 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Writer
Words have certainly power. 
I think it's supposed to be  "so I decided to be cruel," not I decided to cruel. :)
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Sandpiper28 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so sad and true.  It really has become too easy to bully and hurt people to the brink of suicide today....
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thatweirdchick213 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student Writer
Got that right.
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Sandpiper28 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Student General Artist
:( (Sad) 
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Too sad, and too true. It really makes me wonder who I may have victimised at some point without realising.
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creativesam Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I'm going to throw in my two cents for what it is worth.

With online bulling, a simple way to stop this, when one has had enough, is simply block/ban/remove access from the offender(s) account. Not always possible or practicable. Don't worry about offending said bully, they don't care about you anyways. Just pull the plug. Cut the cord.

Roll with the punches. Engage the enemy. Waste his/her time, resources, power and energy. I have found that offering some resistance to a physical bully, by fighting back in some way, tends to stop them. They look for easier targets. Even if one ends up beaten up and bruised and you loose the fight, the other guy is likely not in the best of shape either. If it costs them something (standing with peers, own self-esteem (which is likely low to begin with), injury) they are likely to back off. Stand up for yourself!

Ignore them. Very hard some times. Treat them as they don't even exist. Mean yes, but you didn't start this battle.

Risk looking like a bully. You very likely didn't ask to be bullied and just wanted to left alone in peace. You have the right not to be harassed, pestered, poked or bothered. This just means defending yourself. You do have a right to self-defense.

Be successful! Out shine, out play and out compete. Just be Better! Leave them in the dust. I haven't got this down yet.

And I am sorry (and offer my apologies) for any of those here that I may have bullied, intentionally or via perception.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, I can see where you're coming from, but that doesn't always work for everyone. Thank you for your comment though. 
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creativesam Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
It is not universal advice, but it has come from actual experience dealing with bullies.

Take care.
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twnpwr101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
This is amazing. You can definitely hear the emotion behind the words. It made me want to cry.. Waaaah! ..especially at the end. I read it to my family and they all thought it was amazing. My Anti-Bullying poem isn't nearly as good, but I'd like to see what you think. It's called "Why?" I'm kinda new to DeviantArt so if I could find out a way to put in a link I would... Sorry..
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'd be interested to read it! I'll go check it ou! Thank you for the comment!
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twnpwr101 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Yay! thx for reading and commenting! :3
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Kloolass-Fan Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
:thumbsup:
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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PainisCupcaek Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
"Now me, I sympathize with both the victims, and the bullies, because they're both the victims of something."

A rather broad generalization don't you think, and a rather cliche look at a difficult subject. Not all bullies are "victims of something", that's usually just a movie or a book cliche perpetuated by succesful movies and books. On a lot of cases the bullies are just overprivileged assholes who make fun of those weaker than themselves in a power play and get away with it scot free.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, not "all" bullies are victims of something, I know that-or perhaps they're the victim of arrogance, and low self esteem-anyway, I am sympathizing for those who come from ruff beginnings, etc. I've met a lot of bullies, both rich kids, and abused kids from a broken home. 
However, even those who are arrogant, and rich, I still feel terrible for. Their ignorance is blinding them, and hindering them as well. 
The bullies I knew from school have either been friendless, or have fake friends, but I can see where you're coming from. Thank you for the comment. 
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fore-cite Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
In some cases that may be so that the bullies are over privileged children or even adults who are picking on those weaker than them But lidsworth is right. The bullies and the victims are both victims of something. It's just usually more obvious what the victims are victims of. The bullies though, they're victims of their own hatred, ignorance and cruelty. Even the over privileged ones are, there's no escaping being a victim of yourself. Because when you choose to be cruel to someone for no reason other than you see them as weaker than you or you see something in them you don't like it costs you. You lose a little bit of yourself in that bid for power over someone. This has nothing to do with hollywood movies or book cliches. I've seen it. 
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you. I agree. 
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XG912 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I see what you mean but I agree with lidsworth, when she said, " It's just a terrible chain reaction." Not all bullies come from a privileged home. Most do come from a broken household no matter if they're rich or poor. A bully is also a person who has low self esteem, and they like to pick on people who they believe are better than them. So the bully can belittle their victim.

I do feel sorry for all victims of bullying because I was a victim. I was only picked on, made fun of and treated like a freak. Though I try to move on I still have emotional scars. Which resulted to glossophobia, low self esteem, and anxiety. I never defended myself from bullies because I thought they could really hurt me. I am only forgiving my bullies since I read stories far more worse than mine.          
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I'm sorry for your experiences, and I commend you for your forgiveness, that's one of the hardest things to do. Thank you for your comment. 
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XG912 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
You're welcome, it is hard to forgive. :aww:
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09alih Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a lot of cases, those overprivileged people are victims too. They're spoiled by parents who don't bother to take interest in their upbringing, and they aren't taught the morals they need to be better people. But yes, a few people are simply cruel from the start.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, I agree. Thank you for the comment. 
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payclo3 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student General Artist
bullying is a biological response dude..

of course if the guys put ugly black make up, there is no way it will stop...

and it's not that bad it makes ppl tougher, those that are bullied develop a stronger mind, that is if they survive but well a bit of selection won't harm..    
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Not everyone is head strong, though I do see where you're coming from. We all have different coping methods to help us with bullying. Some people change themselves, like the boy did in my poem. It makes them feel better 
Anyway, thank you for the comment. 
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BlackChapters Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've been bullied and bullied those weaker than myself. And bullying never stops no matter where you are in society.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
That's true. Like war, bullying is almost impossible to stop, but that doesn't mean we can't work towards an end. I'm sorry for your experiences, and I hope things are getting better 
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BlackChapters Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's part of life is all I'm saying you have to learn to deal with it. Plus I'm not exactly innocent I've bullied people myself.
You need to make friends in the environment you are in, you have to be able to adapt to situations.
Personally in my opinion you have to have thick skin for life.
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FireSprinklez Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
sad daiz So true. So many people committed suicide because of other people. I think the world we live in right now is becoming worse- harsher. I wish everyone could understand what these things do to others around them.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So do I. Thank you for the comment!
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FireSprinklez Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :}
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HollyWarrior123 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... Now if only the rest of the world who haven't seen this sees it...
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Agreed, feel free to share it, I don't mind. 
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CaityPie753 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This Was Such A Powerful Poem, Like Nothing I've Ever Read Before It Was Very Inspirational And So Realistic I Really Admire It You're An Amazing Writer Honestly.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thankyou!
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Moaheya Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hear hear. Very powerful work.

The widespread sharing of opinions used to be a privilege granted only to those who worked hard at a media career and gained the right to present the news, or write a newspaper column, or host a documentary or whatever.
Back then, if people in those positions had let rip with the derogatory personal attacks we see today, they'd probably get fired bloody fast. They were accountable.

I think we have a leftover idea from another era that everyone with access to widespread media must know what they're talking about.

Access is greater but standards have fallen, and these days we have forgotten that we're all just regular people, all with our own baggage.
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I agree, we take for granted the power we've been given in this day and age, and we make the worst of it. Thank you for your comment!
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Moaheya Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cheers :) Thank you for the deviation.
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angelichope Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I think it's uplifting, and if only everyone in the world could read and learn from it!!! Thank you for spreading positivity!!:heart::huggle::blowkiss:
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
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angelichope Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
My pleasure!!!:iconcuteheartz:
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anunnaki888 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I heard that song a while back (i had to refresh my memory), but I can defiantly see how it relates. 
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SkyPainter28 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I am literally gonna cry but I will send it to all the jerks at my school to show how much damage bulling can cause not only on the outside, but on the inside too.
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