To mark and celebrate Anti-Bullying Week (November 15 - 22), I penned a poem, in my role as an Educator, to inspire and empower my learners to stand together against the pain of bullying.
The effects of bullying, from the classroom to the boardroom, are widespread, harrowing and deeply hurtful.
This poem harnesses the power of togetherness and rouses the quiet courage in each of us to stand up to the hatred of bullies.
We're Taking Back Our Power!
Bullies break hearts
When they fire hurtful darts
By pushing, shoving, and calling us "smelly farts"
They use their power
To make us cower
It's no wonder
That we'll stand for it no longer!
Bullies break our bones
When they kick us around like stones
We're left feeling like unbaked scones
Tossing and turning with deep painful groans
Well... We're Taking Back Our Power!
No longer will we cower
Though your hatred looms like a tower
We choose to bloom like a well-rooted flower.
We feel the sting of your words - so sour!
We shudder morning, noon and night - even in the shower
But our pain has become our power
And together, with one another we empower
To rise like self-raising flour.
To the bullies we encounter
This is our hour
To stand together
You cannot devour
Our collective superpower
To all the bullies out there -
We've had enough, we will not fear!
We'll stand up to you, we know this is rare
We've got our own special protective gear
We remind ourselves we're worthy of self-care
This is the only way to call this madness "fair"
So, STOP the hate, this is a dare!
This. Is. A. Dare!