Did you know over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year? Lots of people in the world don’t realise how much of a problem bullying is, it happens so regularly that when it does occur people just say “its okay it happens everyday, its normal” where in fact its not normal. People need to be more aware of the things they say and how they say it. Did you also know that approximately 160,000 teenagers skip school everyday because of bullying?
Should've, Could've, Would've
By: Emily Greenlee
I should've, could've, would've; Done something about that day,
If only I had known it ended this way. I am not proud to tell you
How I stood there and watched; He was so big and scary
Was all that I thought. I couldn't, wouldn't, shouldn't,
get involved at all. I say to myself;
It's none of my business; As I turn and walk down the hall.
I hear on the news; 'bout this kid who had died
It tells of his woe; The day of his suicide
They talk about how he locked himself
inside of his room
All to have shot himself to forget all the pain.
Now as I walk through my school I hear the laughter
But see the fear In their eyes plainly after
And I know what their thought could easily be
They think to themselves "what if it was me"
I could've done something, I could've told someone,
I would've, if I hadn't been so afraid.
Now I stand here promising
If I ever see,
This scary and sad sight again
I will change my should've, could've, would've
Into have, done, and did.
The poem “Should’ve, Could’ve, would’ve” by Emily Greenlee is written from a bystanders point of view and it gives a strong message of how they regret not standing up for the victim. This is evident when it mentions “If I ever see, this scary and sad sight again, I will change my should've, could've, would've, Into have, done, and did.” It has a range of poetic devices such as repetition and assonance. The repetition of “Should’ve, Could’ve, would’ve” shows how vital it is for bystanders to speak and stand up to the next bully they see to help save a life in the future. Aswell as helping to make the poem more notable and making the main message of the poem stick in the audiences mind. This will help prevent such horrific incidents from happening as it mentions in the poem “I hear on the news; bout this kid who had died, it tells his woe; the day of his suicide.” Throughout the poem it mentioned, “I couldn’t, wouldn’t, shouldn’t,” this expresses that the bystander didn’t want to say anything nor stick up for the victim because they thought it was none of their business or that what they could say wouldn’t make a difference. The change in language from couldn’t, wouldn’t, shouldn’t to should’ve, could’ve, would’ve suggests that there is some sort of fear or selfishness from the bystander for either being afraid of the bully themselves or thinking about themselves only and not caring for others. . Overall I believe this poem has the power to engage the audience on standing up to bullies even if you’re not the one being bullied you should always be there for people and show kindness.
Crowded hallways are the loneliest places
For outcasts and rebels
Or anyone who just dares to be different
And you've been trying for so long
To find out where your place is
But in their narrow minds
There's no room for anyone who dares to do something different
Oh, but listen for a minute
Trust the one
Who's been where you are wishing all it was
Was sticks and stones
Those words cut deep but they don't mean you're all alone
And you're not invisible
Hear me out,
There's so much more to life than what you're feeling now
Someday you'll look back on all these days
And all this pain is gonna be invisible
These labels that they give you
just 'cause they don't understand
If you look past this moment
You'll see you've got a friend
Waving a flag for who you are
And all you're gonna do
Yeah, so here's to you
And here's to anyone who's ever felt invisible
The song “Invisible” by Hunter Hayes is a tune about giving support to those who are going through hard times being bullied. It is a ballad about hope and acceptance, it explains how purposeful music can be and it’s about having sense of a place where you fit in, music being that place. In the first part of the song it describes how people are different in their own way but that is there way of being themselves. They often feel lonely because not everybody else accepts them for their differences. Further into the song it talks about trusting the people who have been in the same situation as them and it reassures people that even though the current times may hurt, it does not mean that nobody cares about you, nor are you invisible. Towards the end of the song it mentions, “one day you won’t feel this way and you will look back and not feel any of this pain.” I believe that this is a strong message to show people that they can be themselves and to know that you have someone who loves you. Continuing on, alliteration is evident in the song especially when it says “sticks and stones” and “all along”. These examples help emphasise the loneliness of people when they are down. Overall, I believe this song has the power to engage the audience about the outcomes some words that you may think are harmless could do to someone who is already feeling low and what society thinks is ‘funny’ or ‘cool’ could be strongly hurtful.
She Only Wanted To Be Happy
Bitch and whore
The girl runs away
she slams the door
she takes a knife
and cuts her skin
remembering how screwed up her life has been
she leans to the toilet
throws up to be thin
at school all she has is a grin
She cuts cuts cuts some more
Screaming in pain, blood on the floor
People call her emo people laugh at her face
But they haven't even tried to be in her place
Her dad just died, her mom has depression
her brother has to go through a therapy session
Why can't people see? that grin is a lie
everything's done for her, her life's slowly fading by
Bloods dripping on the floor, she's screaming in pain
she can't eat because that means more weight to gain
She wishes to be perfect she says it's not fair
she says she hears people talking about her hair
She cuts it all off, her soul has been broken
but she never told anyone, her words were never spoken
She takes the rope, hangs herself in the dark
She no longer has a beating heart
Her friends fall to the ground
when they hear the word "She's dead"
Her brother cries as he sleeps in her bed
She is gone
She is done
Just because of people. making fun.
She's buried on a Saturday,
people start crying
all because that one girl stopped trying.
so before judging someone on their weight or their clothes
their laugh their talk their hair or their nose
Just take a moment to realize and see
Everyone is not always who they seem to be.
The poem ‘She Only Wanted to be Happy’ uses a range of poetic devices to convey a strong message that bullying is unacceptable. Although the poem makes the reader feel guilty to treating people differently and is very descriptive showing the detrimental things people go through it lacks in techniques and it’s not a sophisticated piece. The voice of the poet is teenagers therefore it appeals to its target audience. It has a very strong use of imagery when “she slams the door, she takes a knife and cuts her skin” making the audience feel guilty to treating other people differently and the effects it can have. It mentions “All she has is a grin… that grin is a lie.” The grin that they are talking about is a sign of fake happiness and it reminds the reader that it’s not all that it seems and it has the idea of a soul being broke. Overall, I believe this poem has the power to engage the audience on a serious social issue and to persuade them into what’s right and wrong in regards to treating people unfairly resulting in bullying.