Orlando Belo

(Derby, England)

A Child Of The Streets


A child wanders in a metropolis jungle
of fifteen million people or more.
Too frightened to ask for any help
hungry, thirsty, tired, sore.

Reddened eyes that once wept
for hours, days and weeks.
Unwashed clothes and body,
but who cares if one reeks.

Parent’s advice about strangers
remains ingrained in the mind,
ready to run if sweets are offered
hard to tell if they were just being kind.

No more thought given to loneliness,
survival’s hard when you’re young and alone.
In a dark alley at the rear of a restaurant
is a bed of cardboard and a garbage bin scone.

A day spent looking for food, clothing and money,
running from pimps, perverts and police.
Cornered whilst eating a stolen apple by the river,
police and social workers have a child of the streets.

Submitted: Saturday, November 27, 2010

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Child Of The Streets by Orlando Belo )

Enter the verification code :

  • Cs Vishwanathan (11/27/2010 7:57:00 AM)

    That there is this side to our world is a massive failure of our culture. One should thank you for bringing this out. (Report) Reply

Read all 1 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. To My Son, Robert Leary
  2. I am yours forever, gajanan mishra
  3. सिनायमोनि आंनि सिमांनि रजे, Bahadur Basumatary
  4. Wildly Into The Night, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Drunk poetry, Christian Lacdael
  6. Opportunities, Christian Lacdael
  7. COPLA 68 INVOCATION: This Bad Guy World, T (no first name) Wignesan
  8. Yes I Do, Lalit Kaira
  9. Wooden Footprints, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. New Migration Equilibriums Time Shift Es.., Terence G. Craddock

Poem of the Day

poet Edmund Spenser

Of this worlds theatre in which we stay,
My love like the spectator ydly sits
Beholding me that all the pageants play,
Disguysing diversly my troubled wits.
...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]