Dave Alan Walker

Silver Star - 4,353 Points (Pudsey, Leeds)

Boy To A Man - Poem by Dave Alan Walker

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


Comments about Boy To A Man by Dave Alan Walker

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (4/26/2016 3:37:00 PM)

    Came back and read this piece again. It lays it out there without any sense at all of look at me- pity me. Instead it says look at you- you can survive it too. The structure of this poem gives it stature, dignity, strength. Thank you for sharing this. May those in need read it and gain strength, dignity, and stature in themselves. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (3/11/2016 11:00:00 PM)

    Really a masterpiece- heartfelt and poignant. Thank you, Dave. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren Tapan M. Saren (3/11/2016 9:52:00 PM)

    Very touching poem Dave... (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (3/11/2016 5:34:00 PM)

    A touching work Dave, no child should ever bare that kind of weight, but you endeared it and have become a great caring man, your mother would be proud, you bare your soul in this one, and for that it makes a memorable read. Congratulations for poem of the day well deserved! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/11/2016 5:10:00 PM)

    ......a wonderful write....mothers are the Best! ★ (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams Susan Williams (3/11/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    The worst damage is done by those who should be our guardians and our mentors and our caregivers (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/11/2016 10:41:00 AM)

    A touchy poem indeed, nicely written, thanks for sharing.. (Report) Reply

  • Kim Barney (3/11/2016 8:45:00 AM)

    I have commented on this poem before, so this time I'll just say congratulations on having it selected as poem of the day! (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage Jayatissa K. Liyanage (3/11/2016 8:33:00 AM)

    Genuine thoughts of boy facing real life ache that he simply could not flee from. Very well knitted touching poem of painful feelings. Well deserved ranking too. (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/11/2016 2:53:00 AM)

    The disturbed thoughts of a boy beautifully told in the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt Kelly Kurt (3/11/2016 1:14:00 AM)

    Poignant. Congrats on poem of the day (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis Edward Kofi Louis (3/11/2016 12:55:00 AM)

    Love! Life and hate; all along with us. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Sally Plumb Plumb (7/26/2015 5:06:00 AM)

    Good piece. My father died many years ago and it is only recently I've forgiven him for the things he did. (Report) Reply

  • Charity Nduhiu Charity Nduhiu (7/22/2015 5:00:00 AM)

    Thank you for protecting your mother. Nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Allotey Abossey (5/25/2015 2:33:00 PM)

    Even if we don't under why mothers cry sometimes, we feel the pain in their voices as they cry. Great lessons to all men, their children will grow up. God bless you_man. (Report) Reply

  • Elena Plotkin (3/18/2015 9:33:00 AM)

    Powerful and raw! A reminder that children see all, feel all, and shoulder all! 10++ (Report) Reply

  • Elaine Sept Elaine Sept (3/16/2015 1:02:00 AM)

    Very powerful poem, full of emotion.
    A wonderful dedication! (Report) Reply

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (3/10/2015 3:17:00 AM)

    Boy to a man
    In loving memory to my mother....NICE LINES

    EACH BOY WANTS TO DEFEND
    AND SEND
    CLEAR SIGNAL
    THAT HE WILL COUNTER ANY PROBLEM ON ARRIVAL (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul Kumarmani Mahakul (3/4/2015 12:25:00 AM)

    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.......beautiful description. Deep feeling. Nicely envisioned. Many thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul Kumarmani Mahakul (3/4/2015 12:23:00 AM)

    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.......beautiful description. Deep feeling. Nicely envisioned. Many thanks. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 22, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013


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