BULLY, by Emily Cairns

Speak clearly.
Take a bow.
Stick up your middle finger.
Fight.

Scare them into silence.
Listen to your friends cheer.
Smile as you scream “retard”.
Frown as he cries.

Speak loudly.
Take a bow.
Wave to the fans.
Fight, always fight.

Punch them into silence.
Listen to your friends cheer.
Smile as you punch him.
Frown as he cuts.

Speak quietly.
Take a bow.
Run from the cop car.
Run, don’t fight.

Murder them to silence.
Listen to the sirens.
Smile at his last breath.
Frown as you take his life.

Speak truthfully.
Take a final bow.
Run from the jury.
Let your lawyer fight.

Be scared into silence.
Listen to the family wail.
Smile for the cameras.
Frown as you get your sentence.

~Bully, by Emily Cairns

“Over the years I’ve played victim to a few bullies, and I’ve always wondered, what’s it like to be one? So. I wrote this piece. It’s my way of saying to the bullies, ‘I think I understand.”

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