-John McGrath

I saw the hatred within you. You loathed the ground on which I stood

There wasn’t an ounce of compassion there. Your heart was carved from wood

Why was I a terrible burden to you and was it badness you saw?

For I am not a bad person, sir I am timid and nothing more

Why was I a simple target and a boy you could shove about?

Damaging years of mistreatment left me lost and filled with doubt


The years have moved by and life is a different ball game now

I am a tailor Mr Hopps, and you seem lost somehow

It’s like your mind is damaged, you are a vacant lonely soul

Years of hating and violence have finally taken their toll

I am a married now and my family need me most

You have become a shadow of a man. You are a visible ghost.


This poem is based on my brand new novel, ‘Kith and Kin’ you can download it from Amazon for a small donation of £1 by clicking on the following links-





© Sophie Bowns 2011-2016


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