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Time to go home there’s that cursed bell Excitement for most - for him an impending hell A torturous journey - that takes him down life’s dark path His old friend ‘Panic’ enters causes a disturbing wrath ‘Humming the blues - got to choose - life or pain - pay the dues Got to cruise - feel the screws - no one cares if I win or lose The bell has rung - I walk among - a beast that preys - on the young With a tangled tongue - a sad song sung - the noose has strung’ Before the hyper ventilating starts - he must leave Can’t show them his cowardice - he does believe His projected fear - needs to be kept well hidden He’s part of the pack - so he knows it’s forbidden ‘The lone wolf cries - no more alibis - got to face the lies Hide the guise - cut the ties - frowning fear will hypnotise Swallow the pain - drain the brain - I sustain the strain My words detain - a recluse constrain - in a demons domain’ He hangs with the cool guys - they chose with care His muscles and strength - but he’s starting to despair This game they play - does not appeal like it did Preying on the weak and frail - his emotions he hid ‘Pressure from peers - hiding the tears - trying to switch gears Pride appears - with fermenting fears - yielding my youthful years I’m part of a clan - almost a man - fighting in streets without a plan No more a fan - go back to where I began - Hi my name is Stan’ To gain recognition - he accepted their invite Felt flattered at first- when they praised his fight Deception but a foolish game that he played well Stand up to them he must - to escape this Hell ‘Fists of fury - I’m now judge and jury - no more in a hurry It’s my new story, no more to worry, get rid of the bully No more in shame, myself to blame, time to put out the flame Not playing this game, so I can reclaim my original domain’ He’s hardly recognisable now - this boy called Stan He’s a boy with a purpose - and a very real plan The future for him - to bring bullies to their knees To clear his conscience and his sad past to release
Acknowledgement: My heartfelt thanks to Winged Warrior for collaborating with me on this important poem which highlights bullying and cyber bullying - major risk factors for teen suicide. Both the bullies and their victims are at risk according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.' Music video by Bars and Melody performing Hopeful. (C) 2014 Simco Limited - Published on Jul 7, 2014

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Date: 5/10/2019 5:38:00 AM
This is straight to the point on all kinds of bullies, especially in the cyber republic. Also A major work against stereotype and how to overcome adversity. Thank you Ma, Maria for this groundbreaking expository reality via poetry.
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Date: 5/11/2019 2:44:00 AM
Thanks for your visit and generous comments on my poems Peter. Much appreciated....Maria Hugs
Date: 11/6/2017 6:28:00 AM
This is an exemplary poem for such a topic to be addressed so well. Great collaboration, Maria.
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Date: 11/7/2017 1:09:00 AM
Thank you so much Afzal for the support. All trying to do our little bit. thank you for the nice comment my friend...Maria
Date: 11/4/2017 6:36:00 PM
Hello Maria, Most Excellent work by you and Winged Warrior on this very powerful and insightful poem dealing with bullying and cyber bullying. Your words and thoughts certainly speak truth to power here. You guys constructed this write very well for a maximum effect!! A FAVE TOO!! Best Wishes, Gary
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Date: 11/7/2017 1:11:00 AM
Thank you so much Gary. So glad that you liked it. WW added his magic touch to make it powerful in Rap. It would appeal to the young people . Thanks so much for your visit and lovely comment...Maria
Date: 11/3/2017 11:26:00 PM
powerful !!!!!! Wow... Maria.. this is amazing. saving it to my favorites x
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Date: 11/7/2017 1:14:00 AM
Thank you so much Becca, always a pleasure to see you. So glad you liked this. WW added a special something to it in Rap I think. On behalf of both of us Thanks for the support....Maria xxx
Date: 11/1/2017 11:00:00 PM
Wow, I am amazed at this collaboration, I like the way it's structured, with each playing one role so to speak, WW with is clever mono rhymes sound like he's a rapper, and your stanzas were excellent too Maria, gotta fave this one!!
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Date: 11/2/2017 1:00:00 AM
Thank you so much John. Yes I think I brought out the rapper in him. He really is an incredible poet. Thank you so much for the visit and favouring it too, I really appreciate it my friend...Maria
Date: 10/25/2017 4:26:00 PM
Powerful truth poem, you two, Maria & Winged Warrior. So intricately weaved both victim and perp. Such emotional depth on both side of the aisle. Great poem. Kudos to both of youse. Love and joy always.
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Date: 11/2/2017 1:02:00 AM
Its an important topic to tackle Freddy, and the more awareness we can spread the better. Thank you so much for the visit and astute comments always dear friend both from WW and me...Maria
Date: 10/18/2017 5:39:00 AM
You highlighted a major problem in today's world.. People who bully are cowards, especially those who get a 'kick' from it.. An excellent collaboration, very poetic..
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Date: 10/23/2017 12:39:00 AM
Thanks Si, yes the more coverage on this sad problem that we can generate the better it will be. thanks for dropping by, I really appreciate it as you know...Maria
Date: 10/17/2017 11:24:00 AM
Glad to read the happy ending--thanks to you and WW for highlighting this important subject--very well done, WW and Maria!
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Date: 10/17/2017 11:56:00 PM
Thank you Vijay for visiting and the kind comments. I really appreciate your support...Maria
Date: 10/17/2017 9:18:00 AM
Well done to both of you, Maria & WW. You have poetically brought to our attention this very common scourge which is most noticeable among the younger generation. As an ex teacher I've come across several such cases, but some do have happy endings. Regards // paul
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Date: 10/17/2017 11:59:00 PM
That's encouraging to hear that Paul. The more we do to highlight the problem the better. Thank you always for your support and encouragement, I really appreciate it....Maria
Date: 10/17/2017 8:55:00 AM
Hi Maria, You and WW wrote such a revealant collaboration. Bullying of any kind it's not ok. The youth of today is growing up in a terrible time. Cyber bullying is getting out of control. Excellent poem with good content. PS, I'm a big fan of the singing competitions and I saw Bars And Melody on Britain's got talent. The younger boy was bullied in and music literally saved him. I'm glad he found it and got through that terrible time- Alexis
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Date: 10/18/2017 12:04:00 AM
Thank you Alexis for your feed back, I really appreciate it. A good friend of mine runs a centre called 'Beyond a Joke' here in Sydney. No govt funding and only with the help of friends and volunteers, they persevere, and do amazing work.I help whenever I can with these poems. Thanks so much for your encouraging comments....Maria