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Thorn In My Side
by Bisi Akinola-Arutoghor

Like a thorn in my side
Iíve nowhere to hide
Youíve got a sting in your tail
And youíll get me without fail

Is it my hair, my size or my shoes?
Whatever it is Iíll always lose
Tell me whatís wrong Iím sure we can sort it out
But youíd rather get angry, lash out and shout

Trials and tribulations are all part of life
But why do I have to put up with your trouble and strife?
You suppress and repress me and laugh at my woes
Iíd like to see how youíd react if someone bigger stepped on your toes

Thereís a name for your kind youíre a B.U.L.L.Y.
If Iím not to your liking youíll tell me why and make me cry
Itís not just the verbal but the physical and mental abuse
Do you know how many times
Iíve wanted to end it all with my head in a noose?

My brother says be strong, youíll get bored and it will all come to an end
I want the end now, donít need an enemy but a friend
School years are long and thereíre supposed to be fun
This seems like a battle that can never be won

Youíve never been strong just aggressive and weak
Youíve never liked me because Iím kind and meek
My self respect and confidence have been taken away
But I pray to God that they will come back soon, someday

Iím now older and wiser and even have respect for myself
Doing well in my career and I even have wealth
Saw you the other day walking up and down the street
You should have concentrated on studying not bullying
Then you would be able to make ends meet

No more do I have that thorn in my side
It is now your turn, to run away and hide
Go on bend your head down in embarrassment and shame
Like a newly planted flower, Iíll never be the same again.


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