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A Child Becomes A Man

Scars of the mind
that will never heal
things that we have seen
that don't seem real

We are the survivors
in a world of dreams
dreams that we should
never have had

A child becomes a man
scared of the past
he once had

Submitted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Edited: Monday, October 29, 2012


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What domestic violence can do to you as a child
and an adult.

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  • Melikhaya Zagagana (3/8/2014 10:12:00 AM)

    it is indeed a thought provoking piece Mr walker, and the painful part is though you have now gained strength courage and valiance, it is a route that you will never walk and fix again no wonder the scars remain with flash. Thanks for challenging my thoughts, i like the poem.

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  • Stephen W (12/30/2013 12:24:00 PM)

    Bullying at school can be similar. Excellent stuff.

  • Alla Simone (8/31/2013 8:36:00 PM)

    Absolutely LOVE this one! Opening line had me hooked. Vivid metaphors of scars and dreams. The tone is set early on for the sobering truth revealed in the last stanza.

  • Benjamin Michael Clark (8/1/2013 4:42:00 PM)

    This is a good write. The transition is one that is difficult to forget.

  • Paola Degli Esposti (7/29/2013 6:28:00 AM)

    be active in your life. To dream is to exercise a passive role. Deep write and modern analyse. ' We are the survivors in a world of dreams'. Thanks.

  • Victor Sapkota (7/26/2013 6:09:00 AM)

    WOW!
    (It was all I had written but it asked me to enter at least 20 characters so this line is nothing.)

  • Chandra Thiagarajan (2/17/2013 10:47:00 PM)

    Yes. We all have to shun domestic violence and the corporal punishment meted out to a child is heinous and the scar will ne'er vanish! !

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