I remember the day my life changed.
I was in a big town,
Going to school in a big school,
Being bullied all the time.
I slid down the wall and began to cry,
Again the bully had hurt me.
This time I was beaten to a lump of bruises .
I had gained them as I defended myself for the first time.
I did all I could to tell him to stop it,
but he did not let me.
He never would have done it,
Never have let me be free
Never have let me fly and touch the sky
He always pulled me down
Always hurt me,
Pulled me from my path.
I think he and the other kids liked it
The fact that I need to be free made it all the better.
The fact I need to fly
That I need to touch the sky.
Just as he needs to do what he always does
He has moved through the ranks of bullying slowly but surely.
From teasing to name-calling
From name-calling to shoving
From shoving to hitting
From hitting to beating
It has always hurt
I prayed to The Lord,
I asked Him for help.
Even now I ask him for it
“Will you help me fly?”
I need to fly
I need to touch the sky.
I asked The Lord to let me be free,
Free of this pain forever
As I cried I heard someone coming.
It is not Him or the bully.
It is a teacher.
She kneels down at my side and asks me what is wong.
I told her it is not her problem, that other kids are.
Kids who are smarter,
Kids who don’t have disabilities.
“You are under my charge.” she said
“No I’m not.” I sobbed
“I am the special education teacher. Let me help you.” she said
At last I tell her my story,
I tell her about my Autism,
I tell her about the bully and other kids too.
She brushes the tears from my face and tells me something,
Something I will never forget,
She said this,
“You will be free
You will fly and touch the sky
Never again shall the bully drag me away from my flight.”
New tears streamed from my eyes.
This time they are not from the pain.
Not at all.
They are tears of happiness.
I am free.
Now, I am doing exactly what she had done for me.
I am helping a blind boy with what I went through.
He will be free too,
And just like it is for me,
It will be better than anything he has ever felt.
The bully made me stronger,
Now I will not back down.
Now I know what pain is and how to keep it away.
I am stronger now,
Stronger than ever before
And it is the best feeling I have ever felt