Invisible Bully

July 18, 2010
Little comments,
almost insignificant.
Sometimes only looks, eye-rollings, raised eyebrows,
Sometimes only “jokes”
they slither out of her mouth,
then they crawl under my skin.
They stay there,
and wait,
for when there is enough of them to blot out my self confidence.
In the mean time,
They eat away at my pride,
digging and scraping until there is nothing left.
If there is,
I don’t recognize it.
The invisible bully.
No one notices
except the victim.
Her comments are borderline between
and nice.
The victim could be teased for years,
feeling awful,
and still not know the source of their humiliation.
That is the mark of the invisible bully.

March 10th, 2010

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tomstomstoms! said...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm
This poem is really great.  It's very insightful, I was very surprised: the poem shows what is right in front of us that we may never recognize. Great job!
abridge replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm
Thanks so much!  You really understand the meaning in my poem.
Natalie330 said...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Wow! That poem is amazing! :D x
Rupert said...
Aug. 19, 2010 at 12:37 pm
What a powerful poem.  It reminded me of how important it is to be mindful of how we respond to others.

This author really stirred up some feelings in me.  Compassion for him/her for any experience of bullying he/she has had, and the awkward embarrassment that perhaps I have bordered on being mean and nice in my life.
abridge replied...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 7:57 pm
I'm glad my poem touched you.  Thanks for understanding it!
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