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

  • 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

  • (6/24/2017 5:05:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • (5/10/2016 7:06:00 AM)

    Liked it...sending my love for your mother (Report) Reply

  • 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

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

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

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

    Very touching poem Dave... (Report) Reply

  • (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

  • (3/11/2016 5:10:00 PM)

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

  • 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 (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 (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

  • (3/11/2016 2:53:00 AM)

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

  • Kelly Kurt (3/11/2016 1:14:00 AM)

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

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

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

  • (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 (7/22/2015 5:00:00 AM)

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

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 22, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013

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