This sixth grader’s poem about a bully will warm your heart

Quinton Williams had the winning boy entry in Palm Beach County for the Do the Write Thing contest. Courtesy photo

Quinton Williams had the winning boy entry in Palm Beach County for the Do the Write Thing contest. Courtesy photo

H.L. Watkins Middle School sixth grader Quinton Williams knows what it’s like to be bullied.

He was born with hydrocephalus, a medical condition involving excess fluid in the brain, that brought him unwanted attention as a little boy. He wrote a poem by taking on the persona of a peer who disarmed a bully by befriending him.

That poem was the top boys entry from among 28,000 from 33 public middle schools in the Do the Write Thing contest. Williams will be the boy ambassador representing Palm Beach County at a national conference this summer in Washington, D.C.

Here is his poem:

Early in the morning, I sit in my bed

Thinking about the hurtful comments that will be said

All these things race through my head,

I never imagined going to school would be something I dread

I try to discover a solution,

To end this type of pollution

I experience this every day,

But nothing to my parents I would say

I have some ideas to stop these negative ways

I’ll put them in practice starting today

I begin my school day

By changing my route to school,

To avoid any contact

That may be cruel,

That will cause me to begin in a running haste

For sure this route is way more safe!

I arrive at school, no bully in sight,

But as I walk down the hallway

I am knocked down by a great might,

I jump up alert as to see

The one I refer to as a big, mean, bully

“You thought you could fool me” the big bully

boomed

I knew I was dead, I knew I was doomed,

He glared at me with eyes of demise

Which made quiver, which made me cry,

He bullied me

And I didn’t know why,

Was it my cloths, my shoes, or the fact that I never lie?

“Why do you bother me?” I sobbed with a coo,

He looked at me and asked “why should I tell you?”

“Maybe I can help; you should give it a chance,”

The bully stared back with an empty glance

“Because you have more friends than I”

He said with a subtle reply

I could tell he was serious; it was the look of silence

Then I knew there was hope for the end of this

Violence!

I proceeded with little to no fault

As it is my hope to end this assault

“Listen to this, hear my advice

If you act on it now, it’ll turn you nice”

“Compassion, empathy, benevolence, why not give it a try,

Then you will have as many friends as I”

“Why do you help me, I caused you much pain

But still you help me, you remain so sane”

Is what the bully said with remorse

I responded “Because I have hope and patience, of course”

“I’m sorry I bullied you, I shouldn’t intended to

I hope we could put this to an end

And come together and be the best of friends”

And that’s what happened, we became good friends

And that’s how my bullying was put to an end

“You don’t have to be friends with everybody, but you do have to be a friend to everybody!”

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