To Our Playground Bully

You have affected a loud trumpeted sophistication;

but I think that it fails upon a full examination.

You do not hurt for youngsters troubled by life's raging bullies---

compassion blocks and tackles your mind's tiny wheels and pullies;

therefore you slither off, your spiritual nose well out of joint,

to mark another day nearer to your presumed damnation

refusing to offer a gesture of sympathization

to hapless ones, like Matthew Shepard or Francois LaPointe.

 

Starward

Author's Notes/Comments: 

The last line names to victims---of physical bullying and of cyberbullying, respectively---who suffered abuses that led to their deaths.

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