A Girl and A Boy
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She looks down at her shoes, they’re nice
An extravagant splurge a bit overpriced
Her dress is demure chosen for obscurity
In shades of dull to blend into invisibility
Yet it doesn’t seem to be working tonight
As another text message comes into sight
Fear sends out signals as it goes for oblivion
Protection comes not from her stone of obsidian
Dare she look at the text - the last left her rattled?
Panic surfaces - her arch enemy whom she’s battled
Time and time again - he enters to take her embrace
She gears herself up to meet him face to face.
She looks at the group, the boy is still glancing
at her- Shouldn’t he be out there on the floor dancing?
She feels a blush spread from her head to her toes
She’s the butt of their jokes - somehow she knows
Should she stay or leave behind this dreadful night
Fear responds in full alert - Is it time for fight or flight?
He watches with interest from across the room
From her flickering expressions he senses her gloom
He’s the Star in the campus, with his Brad Pitt look
His compliments comes easy - not learned from a book
He loves the girls and they love him more
They drip off his arm the accessory just so
Appealing - this look - a boy needs this game
But he’s starting to doubt this claim to fame
The pretty girls with him are vicious tonight
Their prey so vulnerable as she sits in full sight
She fidgets and looks down at her screen once again
A non-committal expression that she tries to feign
And in that moment the boy knows what to do
He shakes them off rudely - Miss Popular and Crew
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With strides so purposeful such confidence here
In a hurry to reach to halt flight and fear
She looks down again - another pair of shoes
In front of hers - Looks up into swirls of greenish blues
The most beautiful eyes that she’s ever seen
In that instant she forgets that the world is so mean
As he looks down into the most beseeching eyes
He extends his hand not hearing the boos and jibes
Could it be that Life is offering her a second chance?
As his lips mouth the words - ‘May I have this dance?’
A stone of Obsidian is a strongly protective stone, forming a shield against negativity.
Bulling can take different shapes and forms, such as social isolation, verbal assaults and physical harassment.
Perhaps this poem might inspire young people to help their peers to realize that they are not alone. They can stand up for themselves and their friends putting an end to bullying.
Passive and reluctant bystanders are just as guilty as bullies.
This version sung by Chris Isaak - 'Can´t Help Falling In Love With You'
Original sung by Elvis Presley in the movie Blue Hawaii (1968)
Scenes of this clip from "Meet Joe Black" [1998, Universal Pictures (ZEFR)], produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Claire Forlani and Anthony Hopkins.
Copyright © Maria Williams | Year Posted 2017