Richard Dorrough


O Foolish Boy


Faster! Faster!
The darkness keeps your pace
Voices close behind you
You must not lose this race

Here. Here.
The darkened house did call
Your curiosity alive
You will it took a fall

Mischief. Mischief.
A night so long ago
Children and their foolish games
As lights begin to glow

Away! Away!
Your heart beats loud and quick
A burning in your chest
Your breath labored and thick

Quickly! Quickly!
You turn your head about
The hands they close around you
There is no time to shout

Years. Years.
So many have slipped away
The memories of so long ago
Still seem like yesterday

Foolish. Foolish
Perhaps so far away
You are an aged man
So it is with ease that you say

Childish. Childish
The wanton days gone by
Choices better left unmade
Until experience guides your eyes

Away! Away!
O foolish boy of eight





Submitted: Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Edited: Friday, May 21, 2010

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