Valerie Dohren

Gold Star - 6,961 Points (13 January 1947 / Southport)

Saddleworth Moor - Poem by Valerie Dohren

The wind blows so cold on Saddleworth Moor
Where the voice of a child is heard in the gloom
'I`ve slept here so long, I want to go home'
'Please take me back to my own little room'

As rain tumbles down on Saddleworth Moor
His voice can be heard in the depths of the night
Just one little boy who sleeps all alone
Seeks to be free from his sorrowful plight

Through all the darkness of grief and despair
For so many years his poor mother has cried
But never to find her dear little boy
On Saddleworth Moor where little Keith died

Such evil was wrought to five little souls
On Saddleworth Moor near five decades ago
These innocent children drawn to their deaths
The answer to 'why' we never will know

If I were an angel I`d find that dear child
On Saddleworth Moor where deep hidden he lies
No never to rest until he was found
To search every hillock beneath the blue skies

Brady and Hindley I hope will ne`er sleep
Nor find any peace for their deeds so grotesque
Winnie, Keith`s mother, has now passed away
And I pray that her soul has now come to rest

Yet still her heart beats on Saddleworth Moor
(Though death has now claimed her, the day is now done)
Forever and ever to search for her child
As in spirit she seeks to find her dear son

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I was inspired to write this poem on the recent death of Winnie Johnson (died 18 August 2012) , mother of Keith Bennett whose body is believed to have been buried on Saddleworth Moor by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, perpetrators of the Moors Murders during the years 1963-1965. It was her lifelong wish that Keith`s body would be found so that he could have a Christian burial - sadly, this was not to happen and Keith`s body is believed to remain on Saddleworth Moor. His family have vowed to continue the search. This poem is also dedicated to the other four children who were also murdered by Brady and Hindley: Pauline Reade, John Kilbride, Lesley Ann Downey and Edward Evans, and remembering of course Keith Bennett.

(Note: I have not attempted poetic perfection with this write - the subject matter is of greater importance) .

Comments about Saddleworth Moor by Valerie Dohren

  • (1/17/2014 12:46:00 AM)

    Heart-rending. Tragic that Winnie never had closure during her lifetime. (Report) Reply

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  • Captain Cur (8/26/2012 7:18:00 AM)

    Sensitively and informatively penned about the most horrible of trageties,
    the murder of a child.
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  • (8/26/2012 2:12:00 AM)

    Inconceivable, and tragic beyond my poor words to express. Leaves the heart sad. My heart goes out to this family. The write is a job well done. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/24/2012 11:30:00 PM)

    This poem has close affinity to the Lucy gray poems of William Wordsworth! So sadly moving! ! (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2012 11:28:00 AM)

    Tragic................................................................................................... (Report) Reply

  • (8/23/2012 2:04:00 PM)

    A great write on a tragic occurrence. It's too bad these stories aren't less common. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/23/2012 6:04:00 AM)

    You have shown great care and respect while tackling a terrible real event- very well done. (Report) Reply

  • (8/22/2012 10:04:00 PM)

    This is a fine poem and a great tribute to the stolen lives by such heinous despicables. Hopefully the Mother and child are now reunited and together no longer in need of the earthly body and are both at peace. (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (8/22/2012 10:05:00 AM)

    A caring write about very tragic events, almost unbelievable to think humans could behave in such a way (Report) Reply

  • Mark Dillon (8/21/2012 7:14:00 PM)

    Such a sad situation, led to by the horrible deeds of brady and hindley, but i do believe what goes around comes around.lovely tribute val. (Report) Reply

  • (8/21/2012 3:29:00 PM)

    So very well put together, a subject that a lot of
    people would shy away from, you have done their
    memories proud, keith and his mum will be back
    together, their souls will join once more. Brady
    and Hindley will rot in hell.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 23, 2012

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