She Was The Girl

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She was the girl,
the self-conscious new student 
who had her chair pulled out
from under her
in morning assembly.

She was the teen
they loved to humiliate
for being human,
had ugly words about her
scrawled inside her textbooks.

She was the young woman,
the doe-eyed bride who rushed in,
got in over her head. 
She wondered
where the vows of love went, or

what she did wrong.

She was the jaded, weary soul
bullied by family, by pain,
by life. 
Sometimes
it all comes back
on her
in waves.

She dreams of being nowhere.

***

It’s that time of year, the long Labour Day weekend, the last chance for many of us to pay homage to fun, sun, and summer vacation. September is firmly in place and the majority of children will head back to their classrooms this week.

This is not meant to sound preachy or ranty. It is simply a plea. Whether you are a student, a teacher, a parent, a spouse, a co-worker, a community citizen, or a bystander-witness, please consider taking a conscious stand against all forms of bullying.

Why? Because whatever action you take – or don’t take, someone’s well-being, someone’s future, SOMEONE’S LIFE just might depend upon it.

*September is Suicide Prevention Month*

What are you doing to fight bullying?

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