Bullies are found in all organisations and at all levels. Very often they move unobserved by the mass ranks, making their themselves known only to those they seek to harm or intimidate. To  everyone else many bullies project respectful and reasonable. Some are deaf and blind to the pain they cause but many more enjoy it. Some enlist others in their game to amplify the torment. We all need to vigilant and act to safeguard our colleagues. One day it could be us, in a weakened state.

How bully’s work….
I have never known a bully
who documents
their negative behaviour
and actions
have you?

I know a bullied person
broken, bowed
who in despair
felt compelled to
keep records.

I have never know a bully
who keeps
the door open
while being intimidating
or demeaning.
Have you?

I know someone
who feared
the closed door,
the deserted corridor,
the terse email
the presence
of the bully.

I have never known a bully
who accepts
for the consequences
of their actions.
Have you?

I know a victim
so damaged ,
so let down
so alone
that they begin believe
they are at fault.

I have never
known a bully
to apologise
and change
their ways.
Have you?

I have never known a bully
who admits
to their failings,
they think this is a sign
of weakness.

I can tell you,
because I know,
that the vitriol
a bully throws at you,
reveals their lack,
and an imagined mirror
reflects it all back.

Like a phoenix
from the ashes
emerge from the darkness
Stand up to bullies,
re-claim YOU.

(Sue Hansard)


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