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Sticks and stones may crack her bones,
But words will always break her.
Evil laughs and sneers and jeers:
‘Ugly,’, ‘Fat,’, ‘You loser,’
.
She cried inside, but kept it there;
She wouldn’t let them see.
Those pointy words, they slashed her skin
-left cuts that never healed.
.
Her heart was scarred all over,
But the worst was yet to come;
The boy at school –with the pretty eyes-
He laughed, then sneered, and jeered.
.
She lost some weight (she thought it’d help)
Until she ate no more.
Her skin was pale, her eyes were hollow,
And she was barely more than bone.
.
The taunts had changed, but still they came,
Vicious and all the time;
No longer was she ‘Chipmunk Cheeks’,
He called her anorexic
.
Fragile little girl at heart,
She couldn’t take it every day
And so on April twenty-two,
She took a gun to school.
.
At lunch that day, she didn’t eat,
But that was pretty normal.
She climbed up on the table,
And looked around the room.
.
They laughed and yelled,
‘Get down from there!’
But she pretended not to hear.
.
With a steady hand, she raised the gun,
And silence fell like the Guillotine.
Then chaos came, and they fled like deer,
But she was quick; she took aim—
.
Bang.
.
Now sticks and stones may crack her bones,
But words will always break her.
The boy with pretty eyes is dead;
But he should’ve seen it coming.
.
Years have passed, things have changed,
And she’s still skin and bones.
She sits in prison nearing age nineteen
And no one comes to visit.
.





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ObbsessiveBookwormThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 11, 2012 at 6:38 pm
Oh my. What a haunting yet enjoyable poem. I like the beginning the best, because I'm sort of reminded of myself. I have to say that I enjoyed it.
 
Super_Mario_Prose This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm
Ooooo I can see why this got editor's choice ;) I certainly like how you twisted the 'sticks and stones' saying. I will say that reading it was like walking into a dark room. I thought it would just be about a girl being bullied, but you took it a step further and darker by adding the Steven King 'Carrie-esque' revenge upon those who caused her suffering. Good format, development, and idea. Good job;)
 
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