A Child Upon The Doorstep Weeps Poem by ANDREW BLAKEMORE

A Child Upon The Doorstep Weeps

Rating: 4.8

A child upon the doorstep weeps
ignored from passers-by,
She wipes away her lonely tears
Upon her woollen sleeve,
Locked out to play alone within
That bleak and terraced street,
Where pavements act as gardens
And throughout the city weave.

They lie beside each narrow road
Where litter grows like flowers,
The stench so hard to bear within
Those red-bricked valley walls,
The only green, the moss that lies
Between the kerbs of stone,
She cries out for her mother
But on deafened ears it falls.

Her head is bowed unto the ground
And to those dreary slabs,
On which she's stared so often
That she knows each groove and crack,
Her teardrops stain the pathway
And her worn out buckled shoes,
Which many times have run away
But always led her back.

A child upon the doorstep weeps
Neglected and abused,
Her socks once white as grey now
As the winter skies above,
She wears to hide the bruises
That she wished she could forget,
But she's never known no other life
And never tasted love.

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Topic(s) of this poem: child abuse

Sorrowful poems about animals and children always tug at my heartstrings. You have a way of creating images that vividly show the child as being neglected and crying out for love. Progress hasn't stopped this happening. Masterfully written Andrew. 10 Karin Anderson

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Sandra Fowler 03 June 2009

An elegy for a winter child painted in gray and white. Beautifully composed. Your title is especially poignant. God is counting those tears. Warmest regards, Sandra

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Indira Renganathan 11 June 2009

The whole of heart and soul is weeping....child abuse is strongly condemned and punished though it continues to happen...your words give the reader immense sorrow...

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Ben Gieske 18 July 2009

You paint a vivid picture and send a powerful message. I admire your use of contrast to bring across more penetrating images. Well done.

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Bob Blackwell 07 August 2009

You have described so well a childs life, but it is also a reflection of life today, for many thousands of people as well. It is ironical, because those terraced houses you describe where built in the industrial revolution to bring bring poor people from the countryside to work in towns and cities, so they can work in mines and factories. Today they are the deprived areas of the UK and the rich people commute from the countryside to work. Brilliant poem Andrew.

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Andrew Scott Blakemore 29 November 2017

Not bad for a beginner

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Dr Antony Theodore 13 July 2017

A child, ignored from passers-by, lonely tears play alone within, With litter as the flowers, She cries out for her mother But on deafened ears it falls. Neglected and abused, And never tasted love. These are the points which i collected from your poem after reading it carefully.. Sadness, i felt like weeping with the child. childhood should be filled with wonderful and sweet memories…. But…..your poem indicates the struggles and pains of so many dear ones here on the earth. Thank you dear poet. tony

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Abdulrazak Aralimatti 06 October 2015

Verily, a heart touching poem, There are so many who grow up on roadside without anyone's love, only God is their guardian.....10

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Noreen Carden 29 October 2013

Hello Andrew this is a very moving poem beautifully written well done

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Ramesh Rai 06 July 2013

well pitiful depiction of a weeping child reflects your inner core of heart and its softness.thank you for sharing

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