What if you woke up one day,
Only to realize you messed up in every way?
But yesterday doesn’t have to dictate today,
Remember you can always walk away.
Does it feel like your life is in vain?
Do you hate dealing with your own pain?
Don’t you see real life is not a movie or story?
Then why is it so hard to start saying sorry?
You’ll burn yourself fighting fire with fire,
You’ll lie awake at night and find that you tire,
Of lying to yourself, to the ones you’ve hurt,
You’re done with treating others like dirt.
You only lose when you turn to violence.
All you need is a moment of silence—
To think before you follow through,
To choose a decision that’s right for you.
You know what you experienced is real,
Yet time doesn’t help you heal.
You can be the one to put a stop to bullying.
You can care for someone else’s wellbeing.
We perpetuate a cycle that repeats again and again…
It seems like the horrors will never end.
So isn’t there something wrong with humanity?
When we ourselves created this society
This was written for the Voices Over Violence contest hosted by York Regional Police. Writing this was one thing. Reading it out loud was something else.
I hope the piece speaks for itself. And if it doesn’t then I failed at my job. My one job.