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The Little Boy Lost: A Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2017:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 25, 2017:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 14, 2017:

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

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 14, 2017:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 03, 2017:

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 02, 2017:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 30, 2017:

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 30, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 28, 2017:

My pleasure, Jo.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 28, 2017:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2017:

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

Robert E Smith from Rochester, New York on April 27, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 27, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 27, 2017:

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

Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 26, 2017:

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

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on April 24, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 23, 2017:

Thank you, Debangee.

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

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 23, 2017:

The lost theme is a good one.

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on April 23, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 23, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 23, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 23, 2017:

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.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on April 22, 2017:

Touching story!

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

Missy Smith from Florida on April 22, 2017:

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! :)

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on April 22, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

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

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 22, 2017:

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

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on April 22, 2017:

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!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 22, 2017:

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

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 22, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

Thanks so much, whonu. Blessings back to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

Always good to hear from you Clive. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 22, 2017:

Thank you, Manatita. Much appreciated.

manatita44 from london on April 22, 2017:

You tell your stories very well. Charming Tale!

threekeys on April 22, 2017:

"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.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 21, 2017:

very intriguing poem jodah.

whonunuwho from United States on April 21, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 21, 2017:

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.

Ralph Schwartz from Idaho Falls, Idaho on April 21, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 21, 2017:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 21, 2017:

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 21, 2017:

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...

Audrey Howitt from California on April 21, 2017:

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