The Little Boy Lost: A Poem

Updated on April 27, 2017

I'd Like to Thank My Muse

I have no idea what inspired this poem or where the idea came from. My muse often works in strange ways. That said, I was quite satisfied with how the poem developed and I hope you, the reader, are too. Please enjoy this short story verse, The Little Boy Lost.

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The Little Boy Lost

That morn I went a'riding

Over craggy hill and dale,

My steed was steady of the hoof.

I shall recount the tale.


The soupy mist had settled low

Enshrouding all the moors,

I could only see mere feet ahead

Though it barely caused me pause.


For search must I, it was my bind,

My child had gone astray.

To find my cherished son alive

I hastened on my way.


Just three years and one month of age,

Young Heath my only child.

He'd wandered off during the night

Into the Scottish wilds.


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Hark! What's that? I heard a voice,

A cry for help, maybe.

I turned my horse towards the sound,

In a clump of nearby trees.


"Heath, my boy, is that you lad?"

I called into the fog.

A hooted answer met my ears,

Just a frogmouth on a log.


Despondent I continued on

As the mist began to ease.

My horse's hooves sank in the peat,

"Lord, let me find Heath, please!"


Dismounting to proceed on foot,

Horse tethered to a tree.

My prayers were answered in God's time,

A small figure I could see.


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Warding off the Winter chill,

Huddled tight into a ball,

The tiny waif who was my son.

He hadn't heard my call.


I raced across the soggy ground,

Scooped Heath up in my arms.

Cold was his skin, but misty breath

Proved him free from fatal harm.


I carried him back to the horse

And kissed his tussled head,

Hoping he would be OK.

Then "D..daddy?" he said.


Two days have passed since that event,

Heath has recovered well.

Although grounded 'til the age of ten

He'll have quite a tale to tell.

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        John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Shauna. Glad you enjoyed this and agree with Heath's grounding :)

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        Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

        Your muse has done you proud, John. I'm glad Heath was found. If I were his mom, I'd ground him until he's ten, too!

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        John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Genna, you are never too late. Glad you enjoyed the poem and the song. Thank you your continuing encouragement.

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        Genna East 11 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Hi Jodah...

        Sorry I'm late but had to take one of my sabbaticals for a bit.

        I always enjoy your poetry, John. Our muse takes us to unexpected places at times. I loved the rhyming flow of this, the imagery of the words and the happy ending. "Grounded 'til ten..." brought a smile. The Ashcroft song is perfect. Well done.

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        John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Glad you enjoyed this poem, Chitrangada. How could I not have a happy ending and have Heath found safe and sound :)

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        Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Beautifully told story in this well expressed and illustrated poem! I was wishing for a happy ending while going through your poem and you did just that.

        Thanks for sharing this pleasant poem!

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        John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Mike. I find it difficult to measure up to the likes of you, Bill, Cam and others in writing short fiction stories but I seem to have found my own niche in poetry stories.

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        mckbirdbks 11 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - You set the mood perfectly. The outcome was welcome. Well done.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        My pleasure, Jo.

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        Jo Miller 12 months ago from Tennessee

        Well done, Jodah. I like happy endings and the Johnny Ashcroft video makes it two for one.

        Thanks for a great start to my morning.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading this Bob. I appreciate that comment that you can feel the emotion echanged between my characters.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi MsDora, so glad you enjoyed my poetic tale and the ending.

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        Robert E Smith 12 months ago from Rochester, New York

        Hahaha, great! I love your stories because I can feel every bit of emotion that passes between your characters. This was very enjoyable. Bob.

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        Dora Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

        What a beautiful tale with a fully-alive ending! Well done and precious!

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you very much for reading and commenting, Nadine and Jo.

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        Jo Miller 12 months ago from Tennessee

        Lovely story and poem. Glad it had a happy ending.

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        Nadine May 12 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

        Wow! What a creative poetic and sensitive way to tell a story. The words just flow.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Debangee.

        Much appreciated, Larry. Yes, it is always popular with writers.

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        Larry Rankin 12 months ago from Oklahoma

        The lost theme is a good one.

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        DEBANGEE MANDAL 12 months ago from India

        A very pathetic, heart-rending story framed in your poem. Very well said.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Lori, Heath was a little scoundrel wandering off but all ended well. Thanks for the kind comment.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Glad you enjoyed my poetic story, Missy. Yes, a happy ending to please most people, especially with a child involved.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Martie. I never thought of replacing "Heath" with "health" but I can see how that fit. Many of us are searching for our good health that seems to have left us.

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        Martie Coetser 12 months ago from South Africa

        Touching story!

        When reading the poem again, but reading Health instead of Heath, I could identify even more!

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        Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

        So sweet. It is every parent's nightmare to turn around in an instant and their child not be there, but this turned out to be a happy ending.

        It is really a great story through poetry! :)

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        Lori Colbo 12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Heath was a naughty boy but I'm glad he was found safe and sound. I love the imagery in this poem.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Venkat. I appreciate your kind comment. So glad you enjoyed this poem/story.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi btrbell, yes I can understand the trepidation after Bill's series :) I usually like to end on a happy note though..well this time anyway. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Bill, a butt spanking was the answer to most discretions for sure. Thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Glad to hear that you will read this one to your own son, Eric. I hope he loves it.

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        Venkatachari M 12 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A wonderful tale in such beautiful poetic form. Enjoyed a lot.

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        Randi Benlulu 12 months ago from Mesa, AZ

        Love this poem, John. I have to admit after reading Bill's series, I was a little nervous of the outcome! So glad it was a bappy ending!

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        Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Great story, John! If these were the old days, that child wouldn't be able to sit for a week after the butt spanking. :)

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        Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Really cool. My boy is going to love this one. A wonderful tale to share.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks so much, whonu. Blessings back to you.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Always good to hear from you Clive. Thanks.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        ThreeKeys, I greatly appreciate your comment and to hear that those verses touched you in some way. Thank you.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Manatita. Much appreciated.

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        manatita44 12 months ago from london

        You tell your stories very well. Charming Tale!

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        Threekeys 12 months ago from Australia

        "raced across the soggy ground,

        Scooped Heath up in my arms.

        Cold was his skin, but misty breath

        Proved him free from fatal harm.

        I carried him back to the horse

        And kissed his tussled head,

        Hoping he would be OK.

        Then "D..daddy?" he said."

        For some reason I loved these two verses especially the first one here. It can be the near loss of our own child or the near loss and found of our inner child within. Lovely John.

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        Clive Williams 12 months ago from Jamaica

        very intriguing poem jodah.

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        whonunuwho 12 months ago from United States

        This is one of my favorites my friend. Well written and awe inspiring. Blessings to all. whonu

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey, Ralph. Glad you could put yourself in the father's shoes. I wasn't sure about the ending..just hoped it wasn't too frivolous. If you loved it then it must be ok.

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        Ralph Schwartz 12 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

        Fabulous John - I was there with the father and I did love the ending

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        So glad you enjoy my poetry Ruby. For me it is the best way to tell a story. Have a great weekend.

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        John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Audrey. That comment from you means a lot. It's a style I enjoy writing.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

        I love this too. The rhyming words flowed like a river in the misty morn. Reading your poetry is a perfectly delightful experience, especially when you tell a story...

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        Audrey Howitt 12 months ago from California

        I love this John--you write so well in this epic style

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