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