Tuesday, October 2, 2012

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself." --Harvey S. Firestone



You Changed Me. A Dear Bully Story
by Carrie Gordon Watson

When you got on the school bus that first day, you changed me.
When you sat three rows back, you changed me.
The first time you talked about me like I couldn’t hear you, you changed me.
When you made fun of my face, you changed me.
When you mocked my imperfect body, you changed me.
When you hinted that my ethnicity was hate-worthy, you changed me.
When you disparaged my family, you changed me.
When you saw the hurt in my eyes and said it anyway, you changed me.
When it wasn’t enough to make you stop, you changed me.
When you got bored with me and moved on to someone else, you changed me.
When I was too scared, too beaten down, too ashamed to speak up, you changed me.

Twenty years later,
when you shocked everyone by coming to the reunion, you changed me.
When you crossed the room,
when you came straight toward me,
when you knelt down by my chair
as my heart slammed inside me
in a fight-or-flight response so strong
I couldn't hear the music anymore,
you changed me.
When you asked my permission to speak to me,
when you said you wouldn’t blame me if I said NO,
when you admitted to being an asshole all those years ago,
when you said you were deeply sorry for the horrible things you’d said to me,
when you admitted you were wrong,
that you wished you could take it all back . . .
You changed me.

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14 comments:

Emily said...

Thirteen Reasons Why is by far by bullying themed book. I couldn't see whether the giveaway was international or not so if not please disregard my entry. Awesome giveaway!

Natasha said...

I can't think of a favorite that I have read yet, but I really want to read Send by Patty Blount and Dear Bully too! Thank for the awesome giveaway!

SacredmOOn said...

I don't have a favorite as of yet that is.
Amazing video!
DeAnna Schultz

Nightmarchers Book said...

I haven't read any books about bullying. I love this poem though. <3

Jessica said...

My post went up a couple days ago. It was a touch ranty

Jessica said...

http://frellathon.com/2012/10/01/banned-book-week-bullying-prevention-month/

Ann Marie Frohoff said...

Wow. Powerful.

Patrick Castro said...

I either have to go with Thirteen Reasons Why or 34 Pieces of You! :) Bullying should really end! :)

Patrick @ The Bookshelves
http://wwwthebookshelves.blogspot.com

Diana said...

Amazing post!!! I don't have a favorite bully book yet, thank you for the giveaway!
Artemis

Destiny said...

Fabulous contest - for a great cause!!

Ileana A. said...

I haven't read any bully book yet, but I would love to!
Thanks for the chance!

Marmaladelibby (aka Ange) said...

I actually love Speak AND Because I Am Furniture...both are books about bullying but also about so much more...they are both so good!

Froze8 said...

My favorite so far is Dear Bully :)

Well...Maybe North of Beautiful, although it is not "bullying" per say it does deal with acceptance of who you are.

-K8
http://froze8.blogspot.com/

Isa said...

Speak is a great book and though Just Listen doesn't really revolve around bullying, the main character is an outcast and it deals a lot with facing your fears and speaking up. Thank you!

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