niakeva thomas

Rookie - 57 Points (March 8,1992 / Chicago, Illinois)

You Killed Me - Poem by niakeva thomas

Ashley was a beautiful girl, both internal and externally,
But she wore a lot of make-up, to cover up her insecurities,
But at school no one had known, yet they called her names and treated her poorly,
They so childishly picked at her flaws, without ever knowing her story,
You see Ashley hated being at home, because she lived with her drunken old man,
Everyday he'd continuously beat her, but she'd fight him off as best as he can,
But enough had been enough; she had cried too many tears,
She couldn't take all of the beatings, and the laughter from her peers,
So one day she cut her wrist, and as her death was drawing nearer,
She scribbled in her make-up, "You Guys Killed" me on her mirror,
Nikki was a smart girl, one of the smartest in her class,
She had big dreams of being someone, but those dreams disappeared fast,
At first the morning sickness came, then she soon learned she was with child,
For months she secretly kept it hidden, but her belly grew bigger after a while,
Her peers started to notice, and soon they started to make fun,
They scarred her mentally, for the bad deed that had been done,
But what they didn't know was that this had not been Nikki's mistake,
You see her pregnancy had been the outcome, of yet another brutal rape,
But the pain had been too much for her; she couldn't take her peers all making fun,
So she ended her life with just one blow, with one bullet from that gun,
Because the rumors had got the best of her, she was overwhelmed, she felt guilty,
And right beside that gun there laid a letter that read "You Killed Me",
Marcus was outgoing; he had a lot of friends,
He smoked to hide his pain, drank to ignore the problem at hand,
He rarely came to school; he was failing really bad,
His friends all laughed at him, called him "alkey" and "pothead",
He pretended it didn't matter, act as if it didn't bother him,
But all the constant name calling was really making life hard for him,
You see Marcus lived with his mother, a single parent whose name was Carolin,
Life was harder since his father left, and now his mother was addicted to heroin,
Now Marcus was the man of the house, but he was in way over his head,
So he started selling drugs, just to get his little sister and brother feed,
He wanted to walk out on them, but he was all that they had left,
So instead he grabbed some liquor bottles, and drank himself to death,
Marcus was a fragile spirit, but he had done this for too many years,
And the laughter didn't make it better, the humiliation from his peers,
Surrounded by old smoked marijuana and liquor bottles that was now empty,
With his blunt he burned into his arm, his last 3 words "You Killed Me",


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I wrote this poem after my teacher showed my class and I a PowerPoint about bullying. The effect of bullying can be dreadful. These stories are not real but many have committed suicide because of bullying. Bullying can be diastrous so if you know or are one please stop, because you never know what someone is going through. #Anti-Bullying

Comments about You Killed Me by niakeva thomas

  • Maryelle Anthony (2/16/2013 11:05:00 AM)


    This is a awesome poem, no one ever dares talking about bullying, but if someone's got the courage it's always very touching. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 31, 2013



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