The hopeless eyes

and tear stained horror

of a far-away, fragile gaze,

where once a sweet

and happy child dwelt,

till the innocence of life was erased.


The tears have dried up,

cried out with the pain

of battered beseeching hands,

just sitting, bereft,

in the remains of a life,

in the dust of desolate lands.


Never will a smile

grace the frozen faces

of those who have seen so much grief,

the laughter and joy

lie dead and buried

their moments so tragically brief.


Childhood cut short

and a life now alone,

no longer afraid the bombs,

just vacant resignation

of all that will be;

a lament for a life now long gone.


It breaks my heart

and claws at my soul

to see the haunted gaze of a child,

staring from the rubble

of streets they once played,

where death and destruction run wild.


Will we ever see an end

to the horrors of war;

to the blood and the loss in its wake,

to see once again

sweet confident smiles,

replace frowns and terror and hate?



Written by Darren Scanlon, 7th October 2015.

© 2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


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Darren Scanlon

Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in the English Northwest.

His sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style has earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon for both his novels and his poetry. He has been writing poetry since the age of 16 and is published on many websites including 'High On Poems', where he has received great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you amongst our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

"Hey Up, Matron!", a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients.

Two books into the gritty crime/gangster thriller, the 'Danny Roberts Series' – "Broken Angel" & "Broken Wings".

"Positively Poetic Vol 1, 2, 3 & 4", four volumes of poetry exploring many and various moods and subjects.

"A Mouse’s Tale", an illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems).

"Alphabet Zoo", an illustrated children’s ABC book.

"The Book Of Loops And Laughter", an illustrated collection of funny poems for children and adults of all ages.

Future projects include:

"Way Back When", a comical look at childhood now and back in the 1970’s and how life has changed.

"Book 3 of the 'Danny Roberts' series.

For full details of all my work, please visit my website,


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