Did you hear?
Did you hear that her son is a queer,
her husband left her when he was five.
He drank too much at dives,
Oh that poor dear.
Stories to tell.
Gossip folks behind safe quarters
offering up pretended sympathy
thirsty for those sexy tidbits
drinking up misery
Did you know?
Did you know her daughter is hooked on blow,
She’s a pill head too with three kids, it’s bad.
She gives blow jobs behind the store for dough.
Oh, that’s so sad.
Then there’s the companion
Who’s supposed to be your pillar of strength
but instead uses your weaknesses against you.
Hurtful barbs packaged like
good intentions with glittery ribbons.
Not even leaving you with emotion’s sovereignty,
because you’re just taking it “the wrong way.”
Not to be rude
I’m going to tell you something that’s
going to shake you to your core.
You, my poor dear is a filthy, dirty whore,
that’s why your husband doesn’t want you anymore.
I’m sorry to say,
Your bills you should pay,
And then you won’t need welfare
Now don’t get so angry,
Wipe those tears from your eyes,
I’m the good person here,
I wouldn’t tell you lies.
Just wanted to say,
Without a hint of guise
That you’re a terrible person.
And let me tell you why…
Well gee thank you so much,
I won’t put up a fuss,
because your words are so “helpful” and “true.”
Your life must be perfect
without strive or tears
Since you give mine more time than its due.
It must be so hard
To be such a “good” friend.
Telling me things so simply and pat.
Instead I’ll suggest,
And please don’t protest,
My business is mine,
Your life is yours
And let’s just leave it at that.
The interesting thing about bullying is it doesn’t just happen with children, though we focus a lot on them bullying each other in schools. And it doesn’t have to be an overt act of meaness. You can bully someone with those backhanded compliments, “good intention” pieces of advice, and just the spreading of gossip. I think we’ve all ran into these scenarios once or twice. This month with 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion we’re talking about building from bullying in addition to compassion. If you haven’t heard about this, here’s a video explaining more:
And if you want to join in the conversation, either link up your own post on bullying, compassion or a combo of both or check out the posts that are in this link up. Make sure to use the hashtag #1000Speak when you share your link via social media, cuz we’re retweeting, reblogging, (and all those other things that means sharing) stuff like crazy!