Untitled Poem

When did insults
Become jokes?
When did teasing
Become something to laugh at?

Because that boy you tease
For trying too hard in school
Needs a scholarship
In order to go to college
Since his family
Is barely getting by
In their tiny, cramped apartment
He strives for a better future
For himself and his family

Because that girl you pick on
For having dirty hair
And clothes too worn
Is in a foster home
Dealing with abandonment
And abuse
Full of troubles
You could never imagine

Because that boy
The one you and your friends
Make fun of during class
He lost his dad
Then his mom
Before he could even walk
Before he could even speak
Constantly questioning
The intentions of God
And why he
Should even be alive

Because everyone.
We all have problems
Hidden insecurities and issues
Some are much worse
Than others
But none of them
Deserve to be laughed at
So why don’t people think twice
Before calling names
And being cruel?
Why do we laugh
At insults and humiliations?
Especially because
That person,
The one being teased,
Could be you.