Are You a Cyberbully?

Bullies, bullies everywhere,
No longer just a school affair
For into cyberspace they’ve gone,
Their faces hidden with a yawn
While posting pictures of someone
To laugh at just because it’s fun,
Or texting messages all day
With words that they would never say,
Not caring if it’s wrong or right,
Though most would run from a REAL fight –
Because they can, because you laugh,
Because you “like” on their behalf,
Because it’s cool and not just mean
When done from a cowardly screen,
While someone cries and drowns in pain,
You “like” and “share” again, again.  Copyright 2013 © Sonya Annita Song

For Tracesofthesoul: Cyberbullying Campaign.

64 thoughts on “Are You a Cyberbully?

  1. I Love it!!! you are so generous and brilliant…reowrrrrr:)

    1. Ah, you are the much more generous one in the line of work that you do and your efforts in raising awareness for acts of brutality, to self or otherwise. Thank you for being a beacon of light for so many youngsters and advocating for their rights in so many ways. 🙂

  2. Well said Cubby, as you know this is a subject close to my heart. I have wrote several things on bullying. This poem is direct and flows beautifully. I think directness is important in issues like this. Oh btw i loved it can you tell lol

    1. Yes, I remember the pieces you wrote about bullying and they left a strong impression on me. I’m glad you liked the directness with which I wrote this. 🙂

      1. I really did, i feel this subject needs it x

  3. Art in action – there should be more of it… and less bullying, and more poetry and less nastiness and more fun and well, I’m sure you get the point. I am proud of you and I don’t even know you 😉

    1. Aw, that is so sweet of you to say. I figure if my words can help in some way, it is certainly worth a try. 🙂

  4. Reblogged this on Inday Chuchay and commented:
    This is a very moving post! Let’s be mindful of what we share, like, comment and/or tweet before we hit that button.

  5. This is absolutely perfect! I think this ought to be circulated…it points out the shame of the perpetrator and of the ones who encourage him/her by their responses. too much is said about the tragedy that can befall the victim without pointing out how the bullying is encouraged in today’s world.

    1. It was Oliana’s idea to tackle cyberbullying from this angle, which I think is brilliant. I just tried to put into words what she wanted me to convey as coherently as possible. 🙂

  6. Bullies, bullies everywhere and not one brain to think.

    1. Maybe just a wee brain. A teeny tiny itty bitty brain shared by cyberbullies everywhere.

      1. A hind brain…in their bums.

  7. Kids are not only crying they are actually dying because of this kind of bullying. I like the above words from Jamborobyn, Art in Action. Let’s do it and get it out there.

    1. Yes, it is tragic that they are dying from such a cowardly act. I refrained from using stronger language as Oliana said even the words “shut up” raised protest from parents. Art in Action is a wonderful call to artists everywhere to try to make a difference with the skills they possess.

  8. authormirandastone September 11, 2013 — 8:07 am

    Excellent poem, Cubby. School was brutal enough 15-20 years ago when I was a student. I can’t imagine how much more painful it is for so many today in this age of social media.

    1. Yes, before you knew who the bullies were, but now it could be anyone with access to the internet. It is horrifying to think how easily hate is propagated.

  9. This should be printed out onto thousands of cards and distributed in schools. It is within range of most age groups and conveys the message so well. Love the idea of Art in Action as a vehicle for education. Applause – Cubby and Oliana. x

    1. Glad you like what I did with it. Anything that can help get the message across in a positive way can be a wonderful educational tool. 🙂

  10. A very bad problem…Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I don’t have much to do with social (?) communities, but from what I can see, this is something everyone should become aware.

    1. I think it is a problem that is faced predominantly by the newer generation who grew up immersed in social media. The effects can be devastating. Increased awareness will hopefully help curb at least the spread of cyberbullying.

      1. I think, unfortunately, that it was only a question of time until bullying, which is so present in the “real world” became a problem in cyberspace. I often wonder when we will leave off our more primitive nature and move towards a more “human” nature. Basically, we still tend to act like our not so distant cousins in many of our characteristics…the breast beating beasty is still very much alive inside of us. I’ll think something up to participate too…at least we can try to be “human” ourselves.
        On a lighter note…I wrote the mermaid fairy tale 😉

        1. A matter of time…how sad but true. Though change can be quick, evolution is slow. Will be at your blog right after I grab a drink. 🙂

          1. My dear Cubby, I fear it is so slow that we’re still spiritually walking in the Serenghetti.

  11. Such a well written piece that slaps us in the face making us examine our wicked hearts that seem to wish the unwell of others. Nice work. God bless.

    1. Thank you kindly. It is much easier to point fingers at others than to ask if we are also a part of the problem instead of solution.

      1. Exactly so. I couldn’t agree more. Again, nice piece.

  12. It is scary how just because it is written on the screen many bullies don’t actually think it is ‘bullying’! It is definitely ‘Cowardly’. It is definitely bullying. Well written and true!

    1. People tend to excuse themselves of poor behavior when they know there is no way they can be held accountable for it. Really brings out the worst in people. Glad you thought it was written well. 🙂

      1. You’re right. They hide behind a screen thinking there will be no comeback.
        oh, you’re most welcome- U always write well 😉

  13. Oh my goodness!! EXACTLY how I feel. Good work, my friend 🙂

    1. Glad I captured your feelings in this too. 🙂

  14. This needs to be “liked” and “shared,” Cubby.

    1. Thank you kindly for your support. 🙂

  15. I can really relate to this on many levels.

    I was a victim of bullying since I was little to all the way from the end of middle school.
    So pretty much half of my childhood life.
    I was close to committing suicide, but one man change my life forever.
    Trent Reznor of (Nine Inch Nails) changed my life and stopped me from doing harm to myself. That and poetry also saved my life.

    I know what it feels like to dig your own grave.
    I know what its like to feel a gun pressed to your head.

    It’s a scary place…and you wrote this anti-bully poem so well. I hate bullies with a hateful passion. Someone should evaporate bullies like insects.

    Great job on the poem. 🙂 Thank you for writing this…It means a lot to me and everyone else who is going through this. 😦

    1. My heart aches to hear of how much you suffered at the hands of such malice. I can only hope that increasing awareness will decrease the propagation of cruelty and hate.

      1. Yes…

        and thank you for listening to my suffering. I still get traumatized every now and then. When I see someone get bullied I defend people and I get angry like “The Hulk”.

        1. Angry like The Hulk sounds a little scary, but understandable when you see someone suffering the same things you went through. It is a shame bullying is still so prevalent and can adopt new methods so easily.

          1. I agree.

            One of these days, I’m going to write a blog about anti-bullying and give all of my friends the suffering I went through and I will use it as a positive change and the use and methods of poetry and expressing themselves. I think it would be a good idea. You’ve inspired me to write it and it will take me a while. 🙂

  16. You go!!
    I am beginning to have hope for the planet. Nice Work.

    1. There is always hope as long as someone believes. 🙂

  17. Powerful and in great style Cubby! Bravo!

    1. Thank you kindly Shainbird. 🙂

  18. There is something wrong with our culture, these days, for people to want to inflict pain on someone either in person or via the web. I believe they are true cowards.

    1. Yes, they are cowards who should be working on resolving their own issues but instead mask their insecurities, confusion, and ignorance in acts of cruelty, causing issues for others as well in the process. It is a vicious cycle.

  19. Yes, it is all too easy to hide behind a computer screen and be a blue meanie. Thanks for this one, Cubby!

    1. A blue meanie…I actually had to google that. I was thinking evil smurf. I am horrible at trivia. 🙂

      1. Evil smurf fits the bill too.

  20. Brilliant poem. And so very true. Dealing with bullies face to face is so frightening, what more a bully hiding in cyberspace. We can only strive to curb its nastiness from spreading. Your poem shows the way. Thank you.

    1. Frightenening indeed. I’m glad you think the poem is effective. 🙂

  21. Well done and well written,. I agree with everyone’s comments

  22. your poem reminded me of some incidents of my own life! bullies everywhere, no where to hide, no where to go, we must defend, we must have courage! loved your poem!

    1. Yes, we must have courage and strength to defend the discouraged and disheartened. I’m sorry to hear that you have had experience with bullies, but it sounds like your resilient spirit has grown stronger because of it.

      1. yes now I am more stronger and if someone else is getting bullied, I know what to do now.. .

  23. Reblogged this on Stop the Stigma! and commented:
    A good read on the cruelty of cyber bullies…

  24. Well said. Well written. I want to share on FB page. Will take link and post. TY jk

    1. I’m glad you thought it was well written. I am honored that you would want to share it with others. 🙂

  25. Reblogged this on Bullying Prevention and commented:
    well are you>??

  26. Reblogged this on Spitfire Rants and Thoughts over the Kimchi & Adobo and commented:
    Bullies are EVERYWHERE… even WORKPLACE has BULLIES walkin’ around and talk shit at anyone whom they deem to be weird.

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