On anti-bullying day
five students are in the office
for having a fist fight
in their pink shirts.
I have a love/hate relationship with Anti-bullying Day. First, because anything that’s ‘anti-‘ or ‘not’ the brain skips the adverb, and latches onto the verb- so they’ll see ‘bullying day’ as revealed in this poem. I’d much rather the day promoted positive action than decrying negative action. Say what you want to see. Put those words out there: Be kind day! Smile at a new kid day! Bite your tongue before you speak day! etc.
Further to this, you might enjoy last year’s Pink shirt poem, which features Shane Koyzcan’s infamous “To This Day” poem/ youtube video