Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sympathy for Charlie Brown--By Suzanne Clement--United States

Sympathy for Charlie Brown

Although as a kid
I never got bags of rocks
or had to model
for Jack o’lantern carving
the way that Charlie Brown did

in the special that
is shown on television
around the time of
Hallowe’en in October,
I understand his feelings

because as a kid
I was sometimes subjected
to verbal abuse
from some of the students who
went to the school I did.

Suzanne Clement is a writer from Dover, New Hampshire.


  1. Now it's even worse... kids are more and more tormented through the internet... Terry

  2. Wouldn't it be a wonderful world without abuse. But alas it isn't and you were able to express quite well your experience, so that others need not feel like the Lone Ranger.

  3. Suzanne, Charlie Brown is one of America's favorite characters because he represents the common man -- his achievements are overlooked and his mistakes are made public. What a powerful ending! I'm sorry you had to deal with the abuse, but there are many people who went through the same thing. Chin up, Suzanne. You have something the abusers don't have -- compassion and a talent for writing. Best wishes, Carolyn Devonshire

  4. Thank you for the nice comments for Suzanne. I will be sending them by mail to her. Suzanne, this is a powerful poem with a timely message. It was a pleasure to publish it. Keep up the good writing. Thank you for being a part of Whispers.


  5. Suzanne,
    I can identify. I was one of the kids who was teased and tormented throughout junior and senior high school. Luckily in college, everyone falls into their own clique, so I was accepted by somebody.
    David Fox