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Lost Myself (poem)

Updated on February 9, 2014

In a dark an unused corner of his mind

Resides the child he used to be.

A boy, once caring and kind.

An innocent soul, pure and clean


Sheltered and hidden in that distant place

Hiding forever from this, the human race.

The man in front of you doesn’t remember

What it was like to be cared for and safe.


Now jaded, bitter, and mean.

Scars and wrinkles adorn his face.

He lied to himself for an eternity

About who he was, and what he’d seen


Fact and fiction became one reality

His true identity lost in the wake

Of the crashing wave pushing him onward


Stand up straight

Take it like a man.

Don’t be a coward.

Learn to take a stand.


Pretending to ignore the troubling scenes.

The violence and hate,

The sins and their sinners,

Bask in their normality


The origin of every scar,

Indelibly burned in his memory.


Now wondering where that child had gone,

Disappeared like the morning frost.

Was this broken man all that remained?

And that feeling of safety, or love, is it forever lost?

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great poem, truthful and sad, but life can do that to us. Some of us have our childhood cut short or snatched away from us. Voted up.

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      Brenda Thornlow 3 years ago from New York

      Beautiful poem. It is sad when we get caught up in the stresses and trials of life and how cruel it and people can be. We forget what it's like to trust and have faith in others. Thank you for sharing!