Dave Alan Walker

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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

  • Sarah Persson (9/2/2019 3:05:00 PM)

    A heart felt poem that truly touched me, thank you for sharing this with us (Report)Reply

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  • Solomon Senxer (8/28/2019 8:47:00 AM)

    It echoes the experience of many. Thanks for it! (Report)Reply

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  • Poet Poet (3/29/2019 1:47:00 PM)

    WHEN i READ THIS POEM
    I recall how a kid becomes a man
    AND SHAKES HIS ONCE OLDER MAN

    HE'D HAMMER HIM
    IF HE CAN
    BUT NOW HE IS BOLD ENOUGH
    TO BE A SEASONED MAN
    UNLIKE HIS POP
    a one time FLOP
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/7/2018 2:56:00 PM)

    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......impressive expression. A beautiful poem so nicely and touchingly delineated.
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  • (11/6/2018 10:54:00 AM)

    A thoughtfull creation resulting into beauty (Report)Reply

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  • Gary James Smith (11/1/2018 9:43:00 AM)

    Amen Dave...I experienced the same early childhood trauma and had a mother who endured pain as well...praise God that over the years things changed and I genuinely believe that my dad came to know the Lord...what reunions there will be in heaven some day...praise God from whom all blessings flow! Have a wonderful day! (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (10/31/2018 10:20:00 AM)

    Well articulated and nicely penned with insight. A beautiful creation. Thanks for sharing Walker. (Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/30/2018 9:54:00 AM)

    Anybody who loves his mother is bound to protect her too even from the ill-treatment of his father.You have performed your duty assigned by your birth. Your repentance for avoiding the father is equally great. Thank you for sharing (Report)Reply

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  • Bharati Nayak (10/30/2018 5:17:00 AM)

    The boy grows up and finds the strength to stop the torture of mother at the hands of his father.He is no longer a meek and timid boy, a witness to such cruelty , but a brave man challenging the brutality.A very impressive poem, thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/30/2018 4:52:00 AM)

    a heart touching one...beautifully penned... (Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan Mishra (10/28/2018 11:09:00 AM)

    All I wanted to do to hurt you, love and love (Report)Reply

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  • Pallab Chaudhury (10/27/2018 12:28:00 PM)

    depicted a very strong bond between Mother & Child and the same becomes stronger if someone hurts either from inside or outside...
    Such a nice poem...
    PC
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  • Poet Poet (10/27/2018 9:53:00 AM)

    SUPERBLY BEAUTIFUL
    I last year saw this in my GRANDSON BOLD MAN NOW IS HE
    I a PROUD GRANDFATHER NOW BE tthanks Sir for reading me
    DARJEELING TEA IS LOVELY
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  • Mohabeer Beeharry (10/24/2018 7:54:00 PM)

    Even the theme makes one sad. But it is better you spoke to your dad. I love this write.
    Mohabeer Beeharry
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  • Geraldine Kelly (8/26/2018 9:33:00 PM)

    Poignant poem from the heart. (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (5/4/2018 12:45:00 AM)

    A mother will give courage to face all difficulties in life. Here the boy need to stand against the harassment of mother by own father. (Report)Reply

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  • Akhtar Jawad (5/3/2018 6:09:00 AM)

    I went from boy to a man
    To stop my mothers cries
    An impressive poem.
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  • Soulful Heart (7/12/2017 1:27:00 AM)

    a poignant tale of domestic and emotional violence.....reminded a part of my life too where a child couldn't remain a child for long...............as she had to grow up soon for mom.... (Report)Reply

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  • (6/24/2017 5:05:00 AM)

    A touching piece of work. Best regards. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/4/2016 10:31:00 PM)

    I am sorry your father hurt both your mother and you! You had to grow up in a hurry! You realized your father was afraid, once you became a man yourself. Your story equals great poetry! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 22, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013


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