I have to reblog this. In view of bullying in the news. I wrote this last year and it still needs to be said.

My Sword and Shield....


Sunny Day
Sky of purest blue
75 degrees
Window down
Busy street
old part of the city

Pass a school yard
about 100yrds
of Blacktop
Private School
black and red
kids running
shouts and laughter

Corner of the eye
ring of boys
far away from
the others
Corner of the school yard
traffic slows a little
not much
for me to see

Older boy
maybe just bigger
grabs the smaller one
by the head
his fingers are
tangled in brown
curly locks
His face
a maniacal sneer
eyes wide
face flushed

Smaller boy
doubled over
at waist
eyes squeezed shut
Face, blood-red
tears down cheeks
mouth open
hands trying to free
His hair from
tangled fingers

Heart stops
The eight-year-old
that still lives
in my
hind brain
dashes for
the truck window
leaning out
arm stretched

But what can I do?
Go back and…

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5 Responses to Bully…

  1. Dear Eric when I saw the video that this child’s mom had taken of him telling her about his “day” my heart broke. Most children won’t tell anyone what is happening to them, somehow they feel ashamed. This is such a very serious issue, it has to be addressed in the strongest possible way by parents, teachers, school boards. Most teachers have zero tolerance for bullying but they have little control over what happens outside their classroom. Your poetry tells the story Eric, we can’t abandoned these kids that are hurting every day, afraid to go to school…it has always gone on, I know, but it is much worse now especially with cyber bullying, etc. We all have to do something to stop this. Thanks for addressing this Eric, you are a wonderful man. I admire you very much. ❤

    • Eric says:

      Thank you, Heart. Yes. We must find a way to help them. We must stop it. ❤❤❤

      • It’s heart wrenching to see this happening with everyone seemingly at a loss. I have writtened , petitioned everyone I can think of. That little boy is the face of these helpless kids. I won’t stop trying to motivate someone. ❤️❤️❤️ PS: I’m glad I’m not the only one up this early😊

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