Bully

From Spring Cleaning, a collection published in 2015.

Bully

You
Hold it out
I reach for it
You
Pull it back to your chest
Laugh.
You, not me.
I do not laugh because I do not think
anything is funny.
You
Hold it out
I reach for it
You
Pull it back to your chest
I hit you good and hard
You drop it
I grab it and run.
I think you might have done better
to pick another mark.

“Taken Aback”, 8″ x 10″, 2016, acrylics

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12 thoughts on “Bully

  1. We did a lot of thumping in the school I was at. It was very egalitarian—the boys hit the girls and vice versa. Getting a gang together was important though to hurl abuse at the other party. Sounds awful when I look back on it, but none of the antipathies lasted long.

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