We’ve all experienced depression, but hopefully not to the degree that Jimmy did in this important poem by Pocahontas County High School senior Jonathan Valido. He bravely gave a live performance of the poem at our local opera house to help spread the word about why bullying is bad, and I am only passing it along to add momentum to his important message.
The Jimmy Story
By Jonathan Valido
Hi, my name is Jimmy. The kids at school like to hit me. I thought my cool life had hid me, But if only they didn't threaten me: Their words cut like a knife, They make me hate my life. I am paying the price, But still don’t get get nothing nice. What's the point of living life, If kids are punching you and shaking you with a knife? What's the point of going to school, Getting bad grades, and trying to be cool? It's not working and I don't get why; I live so dangerously and barely get by. I pray to God but don't think he's listening It might be just cause my soul isn't glistening So this is my suicide song And if you are reading it then I am already gone. So, you see, please don't do what those l kids did to me: It’s not easy living if you are me. So here I go, I'm about to die, Mom, see you, love you, and goodbye.