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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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      Audrey Howitt 4 weeks ago from California

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

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 weeks 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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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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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      Ralph Schwartz 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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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      whonunuwho 4 weeks 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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      Clive Williams 4 weeks ago from Nibiru

      very intriguing poem jodah.

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      ThreeKeys 4 weeks 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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      manatita44 4 weeks ago from london

      You tell your stories very well. Charming Tale!

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Manatita. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Always good to hear from you Clive. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks so much, whonu. Blessings back to you.

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      Eric Dierker 4 weeks 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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      Bill Holland 4 weeks 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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      Randi Benlulu 4 weeks 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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      Venkatachari M 4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Lori Colbo 4 weeks 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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      Missy Smith 4 weeks 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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      Martie Coetser 4 weeks 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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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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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      John Hansen 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 4 weeks ago from India

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

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      Larry Rankin 4 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      The lost theme is a good one.

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      John Hansen 4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Debangee.

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

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      Nadine May 4 weeks 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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      jo miller 3 weeks ago from Tennessee

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

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Robert E Smith 3 weeks 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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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

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

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      John Hansen 3 weeks 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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      jo miller 3 weeks 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 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure, Jo.

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      mckbirdbks 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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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      Genna East 8 days 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 8 days 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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