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Ragged Boy


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Ragged Boy

Little boy in ragged clothes
Limping in the heat
Arms and legs cloaked in sores
From living in street

His skin is marked with scars
Calluses beneath his feet
You cannot see the thickened skin
That grows around his heart

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©DGA 12 July 2011 08:33

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

24 thoughts on “Ragged Boy

  1. It’s a hard life for Street Children. I saw many in India but they always look so happy.

    loved the poem. clever lady!


  2. They really break my heart, adee.


  3. Our hearts go out to them.


  4. So very, very sad. 😦


  5. Watching Slumdog Millionaire opened my eyes to the dismal circumstances that many children in India face on the streets.

    Very sad.


  6. Poor little darlings. They would have thick skin around there hearts – good image adeeyoyo (just an idea but it might read better if the 2nd para is also in the present tense like first one).


  7. O but I can see the thickened skin that grows around his heart. Very clearly. There are hundreds of thousands of them in America’s inner cities. They are not hungry but impoverished by drugs and crimes and a lack of economic opportunity. Not a very good record for the world’s greatest(alleged) country.


  8. so sad, his condition, but physically and emotionally…all it takes is one to break that…


    • There are a number of young men, once also street children, who are now working to extricate these children from their lives of gangs and drugs. This is good as they seem to be able to make a small difference. However, it is the preconditions leading to this poverty that need to be addressed… for example, education.


  9. So sad. You’ve torn at my heart with this one. You are a really good person for caring so much. Don’t stop.


  10. Very, very powerful words, Adeeyoyo – particularly those last two lines!


  11. Yes, Bb, they have to grow a shell to protect themselves…


  12. This was perfectly written Denise. I know that kid, and sometimes they grow up to be okay. Trust in that, it happens. hugs


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