By The Story Lover

Why did you leave?

You had a roof over your head,

You had people that loved you.

Why did you leave?

You had people that cared about you,

People that had your back.

Why did you leave?

You had an amazing future ahead of you,

You had passion and art to share and more.

Why did you leave?

You were loved and,

 Revered around the world.

Why did you leave?

Was it the whispers, the name calling?

Was it the slurs, the aspersions?

Why did you leave?

Why did you let them win?

Why didn’t you let us know?

Why did you leave?

We would have helped you,

We would have kept you safe.

Why did you leave?

We will miss your passion for life.

We will miss your spark, and flair for dance.

Why did you leave?

What kind of world would do this to you?

What did you do to deserve this?

Why did you leave us, Jack, why?


Author’s Note:

I started writing this back in 2018, and for some reason never finished it. After reading about Jack Higgins in Volume 57 of Imagine-Magazine, I decided to finish it. There are still too many cases like Jack’s in this world. Ronan Park is another one and there are too many others to list. We need to start protecting those that shine with a light the rest of us can not match. For it is their light, their passion, their spark that makes this world a better place to live. To bully and harass a person just because they can do something better than you, or just because they don’t meet your definition of gender; is not only wrong it is barbaric! We are not Barbarians; we are supposed to Civilized Human Beings! It is about time that we started acting like it and begin treating everyone the way you would like to be treated. To call someone names, bully or ostracize them just because you think they MIGHT be GAY is unconscionable; and must be stopped! We are all inhabitants of this planet we call earth, and we need to learn how to live together; if not in peace at least in harmony. It is a very sad state of affairs when the lights and sparks of our youth, or anyone are extinguished because someone thinks they are different. Shame on you, and shame on us for letting it happen! It is our differences that make life worth living, remember that a lot of famous people throughout the ages were ‘different’ in different ways and it was their differences that allow us to live our lives the way we do now. People like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Benjamin Franklin, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Galileo, Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Barbara Gittings, Alexander the Great, Christine Jorgensen, Sally Ride, Harvey Milk, and many, many more. We should rejoice in our diversity, take pride in our differences, and treat everyone with the honour and respect they deserve as human beings.


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Readers Comments:

From Art West:

I have seen and read about bullying for a very long time now and I think that there is a way to put an end to it once and for all. Bullying is a learned action, mostly from someone else in the home, most usually an adult. If someone is proven guilty of bullying, the parents should be held accountable as well, in fact, they should be held accountable to a higher level than their child.


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