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The Tormented Child

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The Tormented Child

They found him hanging in a closet.
They found her dead from over-dose.
Some have jumped in the cold river.
Others simply shoot themselves.
They were each a treasured loved one,
their dad and mother’s all in all.
Why then is it they were driven
to this violence on themselves?

Bullied child without defenses
and  there’s nowhere he can turn
where he doesn’t meet tormentors
who are doing it for fun.
Schools should be a safety haven
where no child must walk alone,
but it happens in the class room, 
on the play ground and the bus.

Where did they learn bully behavior
and to speak such hateful words?
The adults that should be teaching
(and it starts in every home)
should make compassion so important 
that its part of every child.
Teachers too, should be observant
if they’re worthy of their names.
Adults teaching by example 
could instill virtues that would end
these thoughtless, cruel  actions
that result in tragedy..



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  1. Date: 9/15/2012 11:00:00 PM
    Joyce,, Congratulations in Debbie's " Let's Get Serious " awesome contest. ~ :-) always a pleasure in reading all winners when I get the chance. super xox's from~ PD

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 8:53:00 PM
    A topic that really needs to be explored and dealt with in today's society. VERY good win, Joyce. Congrats.

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 6:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your super win in this contest "Let's Get Serious" JOyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 9/10/2012 4:41:00 AM
    congrats on your winning poem; this is a serious subject that needs to be addressed; a sad and thoughtful write

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:27:00 PM
    It seems humans once their behavior is patterned by their parents or lack of them..seldom are able to move past the horrors of the homefront. It's beyond sad. Congrad's on your Serious verse winning. This is an important issue to draw attention too. Light & Love

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 9:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on your big win Joyce a terrible thing to happen children should be protected. xx

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 2:27:00 AM
    Nicely done Joyce! I like how you not only describe the tragedy but also point to a solution. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 1:34:00 AM
    Awesome and Beautiful piece,Joyce..We pray that these will stop in no time...Congrats on your well deserved win....

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 10:38:00 PM
    Sad and beautiful,Joyce.It happens everywhere.Congratulations!

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 8:47:00 PM
    This is a wonderful poem Joyce and so thoughtful. It is interesting to note that sometimes suicide happens without bullying. Sometimes the pain is so severe, the person feels no other option than to end the pain. Depression often has no specific cause, but as human we always try to find a reason why someone would commit suicide, there just are not always answers. Well done. Lee

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 3:13:00 PM
    all these sentiments have bee n mine for decades and you expressed them excellently as usual ...well done and congratulations

  1. Date: 8/31/2012 9:22:00 PM
    Good writing, Joyce. You're right: parents and teachers should be observant and deal with those bullies. I enjoyed reading your piece, Joyce. Well done :)