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Updated on May 5, 2013

shocks and disappointments

The feeling of being Let Down

My recent hub entitled "This is the way the world ends" drew some mixed reaction from my readers.

Of course the lines "this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a whimper" are not mine but those of a great poet T.S Eliot.

Thanks to our fellow hubber TonyMac04 I now remember the poem was called "We are the hollow men"

My hub , which included a few lines from this poem was really how I was feeling on that day.

I'd seen a documentary on T.V. about how , in some African countries an opposing tribe would charge through a village killing mostly adults but taking as many young boys as they could..

When I say 'young ' I really mean little boys not 13 year olds.

These poor children have suddenly lost their families and the people who feed them are the rebels who killed their parents.

So it goes on they feed and take care of these 6 and 7 year olds while at the same time teaching them how to shoot a gun that looks heavier than the child..

This is merely one incident in a world filled with horrific happenings,.

Many good things are happening too, but I get my days when I want the world to be different . As Micky Dee always says. "if only we could all follow The Golden Rule" which is to treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves.... what wonderful world it would be.

Which brings us back to dreaming. My cynical self was mentioning, I've never had a dream come true, while my 'other' self was reminding me I don't think I've ever wanted a dream. I seem to have gone through life one day at a time and a high percentage of it a very happy life.

Therefore it came as a shock to me to find again an old yellowed poem written when I was about 15 or 16..

I must have been a weird kid, I let you be the judge of why I could write the following during those teenage years.



Oh! That life should be like this.

So filled with lonely souls,

So many hateful tongues inclined

to ruin others' goals,


That innocence should also be,

So pitiful and mean..

That laughing eyes of children,

Should helplessly so 'gleam'.


Oh! that dreams should turn to this.,

To nought from pent-up pride.

That love should be abandoned,

and the dream be left behind.



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  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    5 years ago from Great Britain

    Hi suzettenaples.

    A wonderful , well rounded comment from you. Thank you. I really appreciate it.

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    Suzette Walker 

    5 years ago from Taos, NM

    Wonderful hub! Your poem from your teenage years is sad and poignant at the same time. I find that amazing and a little sad that you haven't had a dream come true or even wanted a dream. Perhaps that way you have no expectations. I have had dreams come true so I guess I can't imagine a life without them. Sometimes, though, you have to make them come true. Interesting and thought provoking hub.

  • DREAM ON profile image


    5 years ago

    You have many talents even at such a very young age.You tell it the way it is.To change we have to think of the way we want it and keep striving toward that goal.If we see only what is we can never see beyond and will never let our imagination soar.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you for such a kind comment. Take care.

  • brandonfan profile image


    8 years ago from Mid West

    The un bias opinion of a child! The realizations we have as children, and how we interpret them, are amazing aren't they? Awesome poem Dim! You were ALWAYS talented Eh? :-)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you so much, PegCole. Pleased to meet you on hubpages

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    Peg Cole 

    8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Its a sad world where children are abducted, abused and brainwashed. Not a new concept - being sold into slavery of sorts, but always heartbreaking. I recently finished reading Say You're One of Them, by Uwem Akpan, a book of short stories that open eyes to this savagery. Sad as these situations are, we can picture a brighter future and work towards that hope.

    Your hub is deep and reverent and I loved your teenage poem.

  • DREAM ON profile image


    8 years ago

    I enjoyed your poem.I find it hard to believe that things like this happen today.I keep hoping and praying if we help spread the good in life it will stomp out others who only want to hurt.Wishful thinking I GUESS.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thanks Micky. Will pop over to your page a.s.a.p.

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    Yes Ma'am I'm back for another read. I love your stuff!

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Jess James and Jeff....... Thank you so much foryour comments. I find them always so encouraging.

    Jess... Believe it or not we've been informed that the crates finally left tenerife yesterday. Gotta laugh..

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    Run Down Battery 

    8 years ago from UK

    Innocence... we are cursed by experience.... great read as always... Jeff x

  • James A Watkins profile image

    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    Excellent poem and a right fine Hub. Thank you for this.

  • Jess Killmenow profile image

    Jess Killmenow 

    8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

    May your crate of boxes arrive soon to make your new location more homey.

    It seems that from an early age you learned to see both the light and the darkness behind the curtain. The poem displays a lot of depth for one so young.

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    thanks so much Micky and Tony. I'm not quite settled yet, since 'the slow boat from China;' or Spain hasn't delivered our crate of boxes yet, but not to worry. Getting used to the rain . Ugh! Love and peace to you both x

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    Tony McGregor 

    8 years ago from South Africa

    I read this Hub with a certain degree of horror, because I know a little about the children forcefully recruiited to the so-called Lord's Resistance Army. They are systematically raped and tortured, not to mention brain washed. It is really very sad.

    Thanks for highlighting this dreadful thing, Dim, and for the mention!

    Love and peace


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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    This is so very beautiful. My goodness! You could think better than I could at 16 years old than I can now. I hope you're settled into England? Thank you for the mention Dim. I will repeat myself often as now. The greatest teachers have spoken. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Love thy neighbor as thyself.



    There is nothing that man is doing out here- nothing - more important. Our businesses, our communities, our countries need to really get out of these cults and practice the TRUE religion. All else are cults.

    Thank you Dim. I love you Dear. God bless!

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    8 years ago

    miss you!! I hope all is well. :)

  • James A Watkins profile image

    James A Watkins 

    8 years ago from Chicago

    I like your poem very much. Thank you for sharing it with us. :)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Praise indeed coming from someone who writes as well as you do. I appreciate it. Cheers!

  • tantrum profile image


    8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

    Great poetry as always! Simple and profound :)

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    Thank you B.J.Benson. You are very kind

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    The voice. Thank you for such alovely comment

  • BJBenson profile image


    8 years ago from USA

    I like it, thank you

  • thevoice profile image


    8 years ago from carthage ill

    god blessed hub thanks

  • Dim Flaxenwick profile imageAUTHOR

    Dim Flaxenwick 

    8 years ago from Great Britain

    What a wonderful coment , thank you..

    I don't deserve it from someone like you who has done so much for so many all your life, but I truly appreciate it. God bless x

  • singlmomat52 profile image


    8 years ago

    Very nice come back from you previous Hub.

    And the poem is just so true about how many teenagers feel at that time in their lives.

    Dim you are gifted and it rings true in your Hubs.

    You are very caring about you family, your friends, your surroundings and the world.

    Wonderful hub,Dim.

    Thank you for sharing.

    God bless! xx


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