Treasure Island

Dave Alan Walker

(Pudsey, Leeds)

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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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.) (Report) Reply

  • 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! ! (Report) Reply

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