Neil Higgins

Little Boy Lost

Little boy playing in the shadows is it you?
Do you dare to play little games and weave a plot to manage your lot?
Are you happy playing toy soldiers and building castles in the air?
As you smile within your den of destiny all alone and with solace to shine behind the curtains of lace.
With your blue eyes and curls of hair, flowing upon your smock.
As your complexion reflects thoughts of yesterday within this place.
Your breaths mist in the room of toys aplenty,
as you look beyond the drapes and into the garden to see the walled "climbers" ever so high and mighty.
Your sisters long since removed to higher grace,
as you trail behind your painted memory store.
Sustenance is brought via the huge doors at the end of the carpeted room and with cabinets filled with many trinkets and reflections of a bygone age,
let you never fade,or grow old or ever weary all alone within your playground place.
As only the clocks perhaps do time to always keep pace.

Comments7

  • Accidental Poet

    A very nostalgic write Neil. Brought back some of my childhood. Thank you. 😉

    • Neil Higgins

      Not mine AP.Being locked in a room ain't my idea of fun.Yet poetry is subjective,and long may it be so.
      Thanks for reading.

    • Teddy.15

      i guess there is a little boy or girl within all of us, beautifully crafted dear Neil.

      • Neil Higgins

        And long may it continue.Who wants to grow up anyway.
        Many thanks for your continued support missy.

      • L. B. Mek

        love that last line, dear Poet
        and these wonderfully worded insight's:
        'As you smile within your den of destiny all alone and with solace to shine behind the curtains of lace.
        With your blue eyes and curls of hair, flowing upon your smock.
        As your complexion reflects thoughts of yesterday within this place.'
        forgive me for not investing more time in your, deserving write my friend
        just a little tired, coffee battery running a little low, if you will,
        with a whole day's work, still to go lol

        • Neil Higgins

          As always your comments are always welcomed LB.It was originally part of a long winded ghost story,but it became much shorter,after a rewrite.I will leave that alone until later in the year.But a little boy all alone in a "room," reflecting on his short life,so far,ain't my idea of fun.Especially now that his sister's have died.
          Thanks for reading.

        • Thekkinkkattil

          There is indication of a sister you lost . Time and tide waits for none nostalgic and touchig

          • Neil Higgins

            Never lost a sister,thankfully.But in my poem,the little boy lost an unspecified number of sisters.
            Thanks for reading my friend.

          • Fay Slimm.

            Love the appeal of a young boys battle with living in cloistured surroundings - impressively phrased as one of your best Neil and certainly straight to my list of faves.

            • Neil Higgins

              My goodness Fay.I am honoured.I mean that most genuinely.
              As I said earlier,it started out as a ghost story,but it became "too long winded" in my opinion,and was not up to spec.So a ghost story will "be released" by me on Xmas Eve 👻
              I tried to convey a little boy living in claustrophobic conditions,for a child of his age.Whether it was self imagined by him,is up to the reader.Not my childhood thankfully,even though mine was very "abstract"
              The little boy in this poem,is obviously just self reflecting,and as a child,"we" often imagine, possibly,that a situation is worse than it actually is
              Many thanks for reading and commenting Fay.

            • Goldfinch60

              Those days of being young are always within us Neil and most show such wonderful times.

              Andy

              • Neil Higgins

                Thanks for reading Andy.
                My "very little days" seem like a distant memory,as sometimes I fail to remember what happened last Thursday 🤣 but I do get your meaning my friend.

              • Teddy.15

                i've reread this today Neil, and although i didn't have much of a memorable childhood, i do appreciate yours especially as you have written this so very beautfiul and with so much emotion. x



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