Tracks of a Wandering Mind

Poetry, stories and random thoughts from a wandering mind.

Story on Page Four

(Written after I read about a teen that committed suicide after being bullied.)

He’s a picture in the paper,
A column on page four,
Not really very newsworthy,
We’ve read these things before.

He’s a victim of hate they say,
And I just wonder now,
That children learn to hate so well
If we don’t teach them how.

We teach our children right from wrong
And that hate has a cost,
But now I can’t help but think
That our message has been lost.

He’ll be forgotten fairly soon
As one more tale is told
On page four of a newspaper
Where little stories go.


September 21, 2011 - Posted by | Poetry | ,


  1. I just shook my head in sadness over that story, too (assuming it’s the one I saw yesterday). Good poem.

    Comment by thebardonthehill | September 22, 2011 | Reply

  2. So very sad, and what’s more, so very common in today’s society. When do the parents and teachers start paying attention to this very dangerous trend that is plaguing our children?

    Comment by heartspurs | September 22, 2011 | Reply

    • It’s not that they do not pay attention…it’s that they tend to underestimate the impact such bullying has on teens; far, far more than most people realize.

      Comment by Brady | September 22, 2011 | Reply

  3. A horrible tale, dealt with very deftly. Good poem.

    Comment by Edward Fraser | September 22, 2011 | Reply

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