At the age of ten

At the age of ten

A Poem by John Harden
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I volunteer a lot and I meet so many interesting people. And I've experienced so much. Good and bad. This poem...more of the bad.

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So I know this kid.


I know this kid who has dreams.
Dreams bigger than himself.

I met him at a shelter,
along with his sister and mother.

I volunteer there twice a month,
which really isn’t enough.

I became attached to them,
visiting whenever I can.

Hard times fell on the trio.
but they comfort each other.

The boy only 10, tries
hard to help his mom.

Learning as much as he can,
so that he can grow to be a man.

So inspiring the way he talks,
even at four, his sister tries to imitate his walk.

That was three years ago.
A lot has change since then.

His mom back on her feet,
making more than ends meet.

His sister is seven
And says he’s in heaven.

He was coming by my house to say hi
I didn’t think I would be saying good-…

He died in the street, by a
“tipsy” driver who did not see.

He wanted to grow up to be a man,
But I cosidered him one when I knew him at 10.

© 2008 John Harden


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a sad but great write. thanks for sharing:)

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is heartfelt and sad. A wonderful piece that leaves me with mixed emotions of sadness and anger. Well done.

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Although he's gone, you've resurected him in a way by telling us about him. You've done a good thing.

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

i like this alot its also very sad

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

a really beautiful write

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I enjoy how you used rhyming and non-rhyming themes within this poem. It is very melancholy poem, and very touching. It is simple enough to where the point comes across strongly. I can tell how hard it was for you to write.

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I really like this and thought is so amazingly sad.

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

"He wanted to grow up to be a man,
But I cosidered him one when I knew him at 10."

strong and pointed ending to a wonderful write.

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Sounds to me like you met an amazing family who touched her heart and soul. Sorry to hear about the loss of the young boy. My sympathy is with you. Such a sad and touching story. Thanks for sharing it. P.W.

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

oh oh...very sad but well written

Posted 11 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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John Harden
John Harden

Fort Worth, TX



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