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They found me slumped over in the school showers
With a towel loosely wrapped around my waist
Scalding hot water was blistering my skin
As I bled from an unspeakable place

A hard-handed teacher dragged me to my feet
With little or no sign of sympathy
For the bruising to my feeble framed ribcage
And the fractures to my identity

I think they all thought that I had it coming
As no one was willing to testify
That the sodomy inflicted upon me
Was something to which I hadn’t complied

Boisterous boys laughing in the corridors
As I shamefully limped throughout the day
Not a thought for the pain that was inflicted
Just worried for what my parents would say

I couldn’t bear it if I saw in their eyes
That I deserved everything that I got
As they are the ones who created my heart
Whether they care for whom it beats or not

So I will take a discriminate beating
If my resolve will help people to see
That I can not be anything more or less
Than the person that I was born to be
realityisfarlessexciting
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Very heart rendering, how many times this has happened to some poor soul, it makes me sick to think of how people could do this to another human being.  And what will the offenders grow up to be?????  Beautifully written!!!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   General Artist
Yeah, there are no winners in these situations. The offenders being brought up that they think its acceptable behaviour and the victim suffering after such abuse.

thanks for the comment and requesting for the group! :)
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flamingodancer123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
You nailed it on the head, so very true sadly.
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L-Jack Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I hope everyone knows... That being a homosexual is completely natural. If it wasn't, then I'd think that all animals would be straight. As a fact, all female koala's are lesbian, and partake in lesbian sex all the time, but only have sex with males if they need to reproduce. So if being gay is as sin, than shall we not make it illegal for all species to be gay? Why does this this blatant labeling, and torture reach only to the human body? Aren't we all some form of animal, only just having a higher IQ than others? So why don't we seperate all female koala's with a male? If it isn't natural then why are these "stupid" animals doing it? Is it because they have no laws against it? And that they love each other? Then why can't we be animals? I'd rather be an animal then a human if we so called "superior" race can't handle each other with making their own choices. Don't we all hate each other?
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014   General Artist
hey :) thank you for the comment. i agree with your 100%

I remember reading a while back how homosexuality occurs just as much in the animal kingdom as it does in humans. So you are totally right in saying how natural it is :)

thanks again for taking time to read and comment on this
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L-Jack Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome.
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Gossamar Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know if this poem is from a personal place or not, but I will still comment.

Facts, words, society, norms, religion, ideas, validity, real, truth, right, wrong, fight, limp, wait, struggle, change, go, moments

The science of the mind, of society.  So factual, right?  "How does blah blah view homosexuality?"  I see!  "So blah blah, beats the homosexual.  A natural or unnatural response."

While is poems, we can see a beauty of everything.  The beauty of sadness, pain, suffering, and reaction is here.  Humans are complex creatures who deal with things in different ways.  I want to reach out, take that person and say.  "How dare you take that beating?"  I would bite him and say "Bite back."

Then the facts and emotions, and emotional survivalist would argue still they turned blue.

I would bite them again.  And again.  And again.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013   General Artist
oh i appreciate your comment very much.

thanks for taking time to read and comment :)
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Bobgirl5 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This poem makes me a bit sad, but I like it, because it is very very well written. Great job!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013   General Artist
that is very kind of you to say so. Thanks for the comment :)
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starxx1 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This touched me, I feel bad for the people that get all the hatred from "homophobics" it's natural, even penguins have some homosexuality in them
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
thank you. I am glad it touched you.

Yeah, I think homosexuality occurs in the animal kingdom as frequent as in humans :)
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starxx1 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah :)
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JackStills Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
people suck :|
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
fortunately not all people as I have discovered not only on the comments for this poem but also on this site in general :)

thank you very much for reading and commenting on this :)
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JackStills Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
no problem I hope that didnt actually happen and if it did Im sorry
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   General Artist
fortunately it didn't happen to me. Thanks again :)
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JackStills Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
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this is well written and actively describes the plight of homosexual students having to deal with bigotry and intolerance.
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pri-mafacie Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Writer
the fact you didn't experience this personally only speaks for the fact that this is a remarkable piece of writing. despite being straight, coming from someone who has suffered a very similar experience, this ached to my core for the person who's story is being told. for who has felt these feelings, regardless of sexuality. no one deserves such a thing. but it makes it all the worse that the reality is that such a crime is brushed off unless it's heterosexual. & you depicted a picture, a story with the simplest yet most powerful use of words. & as a writer I applaud you, because this is no easy feat. you really put yourself in the victim's shoes, & that takes so much talent to paint such a picture. there's almost 500 comments now & I have no idea if you'll read this or respond, but just know this piece really spoke to me, & I'm sure it spoke to many others as well... clearly, being on the popular page. thank you for creating such a powerful masterpiece.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
hey there :) I do read every comment and reply too. It's important that people know how much their comments mean to me. I include yours in that now.

thank you for your kind words :) I do think it's important as a writer to try and get into the hearts and minds of other people and try and live their reality and feel it too. For example when I wrote this I wasn't just writing words down on a piece of paper I was actually visualising the situations almost like i would see it in a movie.

I am really glad you took time to read this and comment :)
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kaiti-sukai Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Damn...that was harsh. Well written though. I like it.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
thank you. Glad you liked it :)
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simply4franki Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
This causes me emotional pain.
Good job.
Great poem.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013   General Artist
thank you. I am glad the poem touched you :)
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simply4franki Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
I should say thank YOU.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   General Artist
aww :hug:
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Writer
Not sure how to respond other than say I know somewhat how you feel here. I've dealt with bullying in school, too. It traumatizes us, changes us and shapes up into who we are- for better or worse. We learn from the mistakes and ignorance of others and we better ourselves by it.

This was a very touching and sad piece.... I felt very moved and ... hurt while reading it :(
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
hi :) thank you for the comment.

I am glad the poem moved you as I know these things do happen in reality. Fortunately they have never happened to me.

You are right. Things that are said and done by bullys can be carried with us for a very long time after school and into our adult life.

thanks again :)
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Graphix-Goddess Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional Writer
I'm glad it hasn't been something you have had to face in reality. I hope you never will. You are very welcome, dear. Keep up the lovely work.
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Nymphate Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This poem is so deep and truthfull. It touched my soul. Despite the fact that I have never been ostracized or beaten for being bisexual, I can emphatize. People are stupid to hate something which they don't understand. They tend to be horrible toward "dissidence" and it doesn't usually matter if it is about the sexuality, the views, the apperance or something else. I belive you are a strong and wonderful person :)
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   General Artist
thank you for a lovely comment :)

I really appreciate it :)
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PizzaPotatoNBacon Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautifully written. The rhythm works well, and the words, wonderfully chosen.
It spoke to me a lot, as I'm someone who supports LGBT rights and respect. (despite my being a Christian, and being Straight)
I wouldn't wish this on anyone, no matter their sexual orientation. D:
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ConvictionbyLarm Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
The last stanza is expressive! you find wonderful words, like you always do. I wish I could have words for everything what is lovely about your poem :) the part about the parents how you describe suffer and pain and heart beats. I love your poetry. I always take my time to read it and write a comment :D
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   General Artist
aww that's a really nice comment :) I am glad you find something you like in my poems :)
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Vegetabelle Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really really well-written, Col.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013   General Artist
thank you, Kerry :)
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Vegetabelle Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
You are welcome!
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DaisyGirl3000 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...:cries:...
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   General Artist
aww no tears :icontissuesplz:

thanks for the comment :)
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DaisyGirl3000 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
...:sniff:... *takes a tissue* ..Okay.. Thank you.. :aww:

haha, no problem.
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JustHailey Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I just love this!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :)
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TheMartyred Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
VERY well written!
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   General Artist
thank you! :)
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mexicanpedo Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
As they are the ones who created my heart
Whether they care for whom it beats or not

Wow.
I really fucking love you Collin.
This brought tears to my eyes.

Dzeni
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013   General Artist
thank you Dzeni, really glad you like it.

love you too :)
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J1nchuur1k1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
thank you :)
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tshuki Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautifully written. ;^; <3

One of the guys in my school got found out and got bullied into a suicide. I never let anyone know about me out of fear. These issues are real.
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Rifle1980 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
that is very sad, I am sorry. It is such a shame you feel afraid to be yourself.

thank you for the comment :)
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