Posted by: marilynmendoza | March 19, 2012

A week in Japan, a true story told in rhyme by Marilyn Maya Mendoza


The following poem is based on true events that happened in one week when I taught English in Japan. It shows that mental illness affects every culture as does bullying and depression. This is not a pretty poem so if you have delicate taste in poetry please beware, life is not always pretty.

A gaggle of girls giggling down a hill

wearing dark blue uniforms; one stops to tie her shoe

two by two, smiling as if the pied piper played his tune

Yet, a subtle cruel glance,  between one pair

Against the girl with uncombed hair

Unspoken rules, yet all seems serene

what lies beyond this ideal scene?

 

A couple of girls on the internet

One is a bully, the other desperate

Found in a classroom; torn to shreds

her blood crying out, my soul is dead

AND THE SILENCE THAT IS PAIN

SPEAKS ITS SAD REFRAIN

 

Nine girls and boys found dead on the road

their car motors on, their lungs explode

Why did they reach out so eager to die?

Now is the time for questioning why

Stop smiling, help them, let go of your fear

SILENT SCREAMS SAY

LIFE IS A VEIL OF TEARS

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Responses

  1. Trragic events. I don’t quite understand why some people are so tuned out to the feelings of others. I’m not even sure HOW they get that way. So sad.

    I’ve read the first couple of chapters of your book but been so dang busy. I hope to read more tonight. You are a wonderful writer!

    Keep in touch.

    • Thank you. I had been saving that poem for a book but I think it is important to put out there for the bullied and the depressed I’ve been there aloha

  2. so sad

  3. you’ve made me sink in my own river:'(


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