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A Poem for Anti-Bullying Week

“I thank you” (2017)

By Ms Pam Gale, Art Teacher

Sometimes a difficult passage in your life can help to make you stronger. Sometimes by doing ‘nothing’… in other words by refusing to change…making a stand… you can actually achieve something significant and strengthen your character.

This poem acknowledges the behaviour of one of my bullies at my grammar school; the more she tried to force me to cave in and do her bidding the more I dug my heels in. She displayed many unpleasant behaviours, which I realised later on in my school career were a result of her own unhappy circumstances.

It was not easy in my first three years to cope with her verbal assaults but worthwhile things are rarely easy to achieve… as young as I was then I did know that I needed to be able to respect myself for the rest of my life…

 

I thank you my bully… you made me who I am.

You would not believe,

The adult you helped to create.

You did your worst

but look what you have achieved.

I thank you my bully, you made me who I am.

 

I thank you my bully, you made me who I am.

You called me ‘swot’ and ‘creep’

And so much more

but I dug deep

and found some self-belief, an inner core.

I thank you my bully…you made me who I am.

 

I thank you my bully…you made me who I am.

Your attack turned me into a fighter

That spark you ignited burned brighter…

and brighter

No longer any bitterness for me… my heart lighter.

 

I thank you my bully… you made me who I am.