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I Am More Beautiful Than My Bullies

I Will Always Be Me.

By Carol TownendPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - March 2024
I Am More Beautiful Than My Bullies
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They beat me to the ground because I didn't look like them,

They destroyed my home because I didn't want to be them,

They stole my childhood because I didn't learn or behave like them,

They stole my life because I was sensitive,

They kicked me to the ground;

They didn't like me because I was soft,

As if that wasn't enough.

They bullied me into adulthood and destroyed my parenting years,

They forced my children and theirs to witness the brutality that they

should never have seen,

They stole our security, leaving us homeless several times,

They took my childhood, my children's childhood, and my adulthood away.

It didn't stop there.

They violated my body in many vulgar ways,

They taught me not to like myself,

Told me I couldn't be loved,

And made me feel that my life wasn't worth living;

For many years, they tormented me,

And for many years, I felt the pain, torment, and guilt of

their wrong actions,

But I got up.

I spent years questioning myself;

"Who am I?"

"Am I worth anything?"

"Can I be loved?"

"Am I enough?"

One day;

I woke up; I opened up my eyes,

And I realized my life is too precious to throw away,

Too precious to give up,

Too precious to hate me as much as those bullies hated themselves,

but I empathize;

They must have hated themselves so much, to have bullied me and treated me in such horrific and degrading ways,

My only hope is that, one day they find their way before it is too late.

One thing is for sure.

I will never hate myself as much as those bullies hated me,

For I am more beautiful than my bullies;

I am beautiful because I will always be me,

And that is something they can't take away.

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Carol Townend

Fiction, Horror, Sex, Love, Mental Health, Children's fiction and more. You'll find many stories in my profile. I don't believe in sticking with one Niche! I write, but I also read a lot too.

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  • Wayne Inceabout a month ago

    Truth and beauty brought to the surface well done

  • LASZLO SLEZAK2 months ago

    Congratulations! This is wonderful.

  • Bongi2 months ago

    Unchangeable! I love the determination in this, beautiful!!!

  • Trishawn Blake2 months ago

    Why did this make me so emotional lol? This was a beautiful poem Carol ❤️❤️❤️....Keep up the good work!

  • "Your beauty shines from within, far brighter than any negativity from bullies. Remember, their words don't define you. Sending you strength and love."

  • Josiah oladele 2 months ago

    So touched and that makes me remember my pasted when I was hated by my own people with out any reason and was chased away with no reason but to God all be the glory.

  • ROCK 2 months ago

    This was hauntingly touching; I think you are a very strong person. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Pushpa Srikanth2 months ago

    Penned thoughts very strongfully.

  • Test2 months ago

    Marvelous work! Keep it going—congrats!

  • Chloe Gilholy2 months ago

    I really needed to read this today. This is beautiful.

  • sleepy drafts2 months ago

    Carol, this is powerful and beautiful. I'm so happy to see this as Top Story. Congratulations! This is wonderful. 💓

  • Melissa Ingoldsby2 months ago

    Very empowering piece 🥰☺️💓👏👏

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Hell yeah! Congrats on the TS

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  • Martha Agnes2 months ago

    I love your poem. I "heart" you. The history you share resonates with my own struggles, despite being vastly different than yours. I also learned from your technique as a writer on Vocal. I note boldly your use of the occasional bold face line for emphasis. Thank you!

  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on top story!!!

  • Jeremy White2 months ago

    Outstanding poem. I love the last part especially the last line. They can't take away who you are.

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