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I’m a human
made of flesh and blood and feelings.
Because of this you can hurt me.
You can really hurt me.
You can call me names. You can mock me.
You can make up lies about me. You can hit me.
You can spit at me. You can make me feel lonely.
You can make me feel so angry.
You can make me cry.
You can make me feel so much hate and confusion
that I never wanted to feel.
But I’m made of other, tougher stuff as well
because I’m human.
I’m made of Spirit and Love.
I’m made of Dancing.
Dancing teams up inside me with Spirit and Love
to make me strong and outlasting.
Dancing united with Spirit and Love
throws all the hate and the mockery out of my heart.
Dancing together with Spirit and Love
sings freedom songs to me:
Sometimes you land in a good place
and sometimes you land in a bad.
Sometimes your Mondays are happy.
Sometimes your Fridays are sad.
Oh Life is a spiral, life is a whirl,
life is a merry-go round.
The world is made of fire and wind
and we’re all just blowing around.
The hurt, the craic, the pucks, the hugs:
They all take turns. They all move on.
They all come down to chance.
You can learn and grow past anything;
it’s all just steps in the dance.
I’ll dance on by you with my freedom
the way the wind blows by a ruin.
I’ll forget you like the wind forgets
every cruel thing under the sun.
And I’ll be free and dancing
when I’ve long forgotten you.
I’ll be dancing with my freedom
because that’s what humans do.
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IF YOU ARE A TEACHER OR A YOUTH WORKER AND YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO TALK TO YOUR CLASS OR GROUP ABOUT BULLYING AND SURVIVING BULLYING THROUGH CREATIVITY AND INNER STRENGTH, OR YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO RUN A CREATIVE ANTI–BULLYING WORKSHOP PLEASE CONTACT ME AT email@example.com