Background to the poem
Warning- please be careful as this may be upsetting to you!!!
It was for English homework, to find an actual piece of news that interested him and turn it into a poem. Joe chose an article about a young boy, Thomas who was driven to suicide by bullies in his school. He was picked on because he spoke properly and was a smart boy.
It is believed that he may be the youngest boy to take his own life because of bullying.
The poem has a few minor changes to actual events but it still is a powerful piece that causes goose bumps just reading it.
Tormented over perfect grammar
The constant name-calling just built up this anger
I took my young life at eleven
My only hope is that there’s a better one in heaven
I tried and tried but the school wouldn’t listen
“Those kinds of reports don’t look good on the system”
They called me ‘gay-boy’ and ‘fatso’, it didn’t make sense
Strangling me with my own tie, the pain was immense
The fear made me skip class and ruin my education
I ran off the bus early and found mothers’ medication
All alone in my room why won’t they just let me be
My broken heart is stopping… darkness surrounds me
I am happy now, my pain has finally gone
Dad’s trying to save me, but he’s taken too long
I have peace now, and my time has finally come
I will always love you, Goodbye Mum.