My Bully

From Robert Lee Brewer’s Write Better Poetry blog:

For today’s prompt, write a villain poem. You could write a persona poem from the perspective of a popular villain (like Count Dracula, Thanos, or Dolores Umbridge). Or write a poem with a person doing a villainous thing (like eating the last piece of pie or littering). As always, have fun with it.

My Bully

I ran but he was faster
then turf struck my face
and a muscular arm locked
itself around my neck.

This must be how the mouse
feels after the pounce.

Heart thumping like a flat tire,
I didn’t struggle as he pulled
my Road Runner lunchbox
from trembling fingers.

As a short chubby boy,
I was more than willing to break the code
of the schoolyard and tattle.

The vice principal told my bully
to give it back and he did,
without protest.

But I now doubt it was about theft
and wonder what would have happened
if I hadn’t run.

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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14 Responses to My Bully

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    I deapise bullies and I fought them hard when I was little.

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  2. Fight or flight and you only have moments to decide. ❤👩‍🦰❤

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  3. JeanMarie says:

    Oh now that is an intriguing question at the end. I’ve read that many bullies turn coward when confronted.

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  4. Lisa Tomey says:

    That last line…makes one ponder.

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  5. Ginsburg-esque! Excellent!

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