Treasure Island

Dave Alan Walker

(Pudsey, Leeds)

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Boy to A Man


Father dear father
I must have loved you

But to hear you
Hurt my mother
Made me want
To hate you

I should have been able
To look up to you like all sons do
But all I wanted to do
Was hurt you

I'd lie in bed awake
And hear my mothers cries
All I could do
Was try find a world without you

We feared you
We fled you
But we could
Never escape you

Untill one dark night
I stopped you
And saw the fear
In your eyes

I went from boy to a man
To stop my mothers cries

I still look back with sadness
But I can still see my mothers pride
As I stand by her side

Boy to a man

In loving memory to my mother

Submitted: Monday, August 22, 2011
Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (10/22/2013 11:46:00 AM)

    A poem with a great meaning in it. It's very true, when a boy turn to a man, he will remember, all the pains of his mother. But he will display the hurt, when he grows up and will stand by her. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (10/22/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    Very sad, but also very beautiful. Your distress here is very clear, and your well deserved pride. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (10/22/2013 8:18:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem on a very sensitive subject. A man is so often not willing to give respect to his wife but the same man backs out to give space to his son to become a man. This power play so common in social structure. Great write. (Report) Reply

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (10/22/2013 5:42:00 AM)

    You have said about the sad feelings of a boy who could not prevent his father troubling the mother; but later as he grows into an adolescent man, he could see the fear In his father's eyes. Nice. (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (9/16/2013 12:54:00 AM)

    I respect your reverence for your mom, we all love our mom so much! A very painful, unpleasant situation has been poignantly portrayed in the poem. My two cents on this:
    When parents are at odds with each other, it's best if the oddities can be solved without involving the children. Children taking side with either of the parents is indeed very unhealthy. May be, in this case, the transgression was limitless, but many a time it has been seen that a quarreling couple can solve their problem, or at least come to acceptable terms, when left to themselves without outside interference. We all have anger and the Satan constantly conspires to break it loose. Again we all have love in our hearts, love fights anger and brings peace at home. May be too idealistic, why not give it a try? (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (10/23/2012 3:53:00 AM)

    my frnd a genius, will be remembered till there is mom n son for every son it is a nice gift. congratulation n for this beautiful poem that came in your mind. creation of poetry is fully on god who inspires us and once again congratulation for being inspired by god to create such an outstanding poem. best wishes to u and your family.in kolkata durga puja is being celebrated and a lot of greetings on this auspicious occassion. best of alll (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (10/22/2012 4:13:00 PM)

    This is highly emotional and worth dedicating to a wonderful woman who endures all. May she rest in peace (Report) Reply

  • Godfrey Morris (10/22/2012 1:48:00 PM)

    I have read your poem before. But reading it again is just as refreashing as the first. Thanks for such a beautiful write. (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (10/22/2012 8:30:00 AM)

    An exceptional write Dave, and so very moving. What a sad situation, one which must be all too common. This should never happen, a son having to defend his mother against his father, but it is certainly a turning point - boy to a man, and a very brave one. (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (10/22/2012 3:26:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem written with great honesty dealing with the truth of an awful reality. (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (5/29/2012 7:17:00 PM)

    This poem speaks the sentiments of so many. Countless have experience the same on differennt levels. Wonderful tribute to your mother. 10 (Report) Reply

  • Monika Wieczorek (5/26/2012 5:22:00 PM)

    Thank you so much this has helped SOO much, I really hope you are alright now, this is a very touching story. And I believe this story relates to the poem Life, Lies, and Deceit? right? not this poem above? (Report) Reply

  • Andrew Bell (5/9/2012 8:50:00 PM)

    Wow that's a great one. I have been in a similar position myself so I can understand. (Report) Reply

  • Jennifer Chalk (5/6/2012 1:48:00 PM)

    This is very powerful and so true of a lot of fathers and sons, and the reality of families and growing up to stand up. Well expressed! (Report) Reply

  • Frank Mceleny (3/23/2012 6:15:00 PM)

    Hey David, great poem, I know what thats all about. God bless you man, I have not figured out how to reply to the comment that you left about my poem. You may find this a wee bit interesting although its kinda long :)
    http: //scottishwarriors.wordpress.com/my-testimony/ ................Frank (Report) Reply

  • Sylvia Lukeman (12/29/2011 6:41:00 PM)

    This is such a deeply moving well written poem.It takes courage to write of the things that
    you describe.Thank you
    You are welcome to visit my poetry. Sylvia (Report) Reply

  • Anita Wisniewska (12/25/2011 7:52:00 AM)

    oh dear hope this is not true.

    dont tell me, better not to know.

    is very real, great writing any way. (Report) Reply

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