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Boys Will Be Boys

The stars reached back Each night When I prayed that I would wake up and the pain would be over And that everything everyone had ever said to me And every name they had ever called me Was all a bad dream The worst, shittiest nightmare of a dream That never ended No matter how many times I fell asleep Because sleep was my escape But escapes don’t last forever And dreams don’t last forever But nightmares can last forever But, no matter what, I can’t help you You miserable excuse for a friend You ruined what I was You hardened the face that once smiled The face that used to light up a room Had been hardened to stone by a society That believed that “gay” was synonymous with “weird” And that “bully” was synonymous with “joke” But the fact is you were the joke The joke that kept replaying in my head And laughing at me Even after the jokes had stopped the joke kept going The joke was me; I was a joke to everyone, even myself And my dad would joke that I should man up And my mom would joke that the other kids were insecure And my brother would joke that he made it through And everyone else would joke that “boys will be boys” But I didn't see the joke in any of it There was no joke in my tears And there was no joke in the forty pounds I lost when I stopped eating You just can’t get enough of the pain But your pain doesn’t have to be my pain So, so what if boys aren’t supposed to cut themselves? And so what if boys aren’t supposed to cry? And so what if boys aren’t supposed to be the ones who become anorexic? I’m a boy and I did it all And what can you say about yourself? You’re a sad excuse for a boy So put away the guns and fists And pick up a pen and a paper And figure yourself out Before you tear someone else down to their foundation And let the rain ruin their ability to stand themselves And I think That the healing came When I realized that someday you would be on the bottom And someone would tear you down And you would sit there as the rain poured in And you would drown in your regret And I would still send out a life jacket for you Because you ruined the outside smile But you didn’t ruin the inside faith And the faith got me through Because tomorrow is brighter And the sunshine does come after the rain

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014

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Date: 8/20/2014 9:22:00 AM
Wow, that is really a moving piece of poetry. I can tell that you dug deep into yourself to produce that gem and you're so right.
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Date: 8/12/2014 9:09:00 PM
Owen-keep putting pen to paper as you have greatness inside you-share it. moving, powerful and inspiring-I loved your write.
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Date: 8/2/2014 1:56:00 PM
Well stated...I have cried...I have lost weight because my heart was broken and I couldn't eat...I was bullied into submission.....I hope you can make it through your tough times...There are many who fall into the same boat as you...Nobody exactly that way but we each have a cross to bare...keep has helped me tremendously and if you need any support don't hesitate to soup mail me...I will be around...Tim
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Date: 7/30/2014 12:30:00 AM
Nice poem...I honestly love it
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Date: 7/25/2014 6:12:00 AM
- Warm welcome to PoetrySoup, Owen :) - I choose your first great written free verse - Nice to meet you :) - Hope you will be satisfied with our "soup family" - we are many .. but has plenty of room for you too- PoetrySoup Rule1: Be kind and keep PoetrySoup a haven. PoetrySoup is a drama free zone(Comment on the poetry of others and they will comment on yours.) Thank you posted your words and thoughts here, I want to come back to read more another day. - oxox // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 7/23/2014 7:59:00 PM
Hi Owen, this is such an excellent write - Bravo! Welcome to PoetrySoup!
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Date: 7/23/2014 5:46:00 AM
Owen,, A nice warm WELCOME to poetry soup. I hope you enjoy the community, as I did when I first join, March 2010. You'll find many friendly poets, who are ready to support and give positive feedback. I want to be the first to invite you on over, to the contest page. I OFFER MY CONTEST, in hopes it inspires you to write another poem. I'm looking forward to following you and your poetry ha-ha a special pair:) here's the link to the contest page. <---~Take Care!! From: your new poet friend @-> LINDA <-@
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Date: 7/22/2014 8:18:00 PM
Welcome to Poetry Soup, Owen. I am glad you discovered this nice community of writers and hope you enjoy the site. Read the work of other poet's and comment if you find something you like; many poets will return the favor. Over time you will get to "know" some of us. You are welcome to visit my page anytime. Enjoy!
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Date: 7/22/2014 7:51:00 PM
I felt the pain in this piece. And it tore me up inside. Yet the hope still held at the end shows that you are much stronger than the ones who gave you crap. And I thank you for this hope and this write. Love it! -Jessi
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Date: 7/22/2014 5:17:00 PM
Thank you for sharing :)
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