Imagine a world of love and laughter,

fun filled days and freedom till after

the tea time call or the playtime bell,

get back into line or you’ll catch some hell.


Imagine a world of wonder and jest,

questions and answers; adventurous quest.

When time was your own and life was a whim,

to run through the streets; to walk and to swim.


Imagine a world with clouds upon high

as you lie on your back in the tall grass and sigh

at the shapes and forms floating by on the breeze,

that move young minds with incredible ease.


Imagine a world where the fun didn’t end

with the setting sun but, “Goodnight my dear friend,

see you tomorrow come hail, sleet or rain”,

as you dream of cold snow but no worry or pain.


Imagine a world through the eyes of a child,

no barriers or borders, running happy and wild

through long summer days and cold winter nights.

A world of security, smiles and toy fights.


Imagine the world where we lived as a child,

exploring and playing; by beauty, beguiled.

Of cuddles from Mum and pennies from Dad,

sweetshops and sharing the few bits we had.


Imagine a world within you and me,

buried down deep, let it loose, set it free.

Be a child once more, gaze around you and smile,

search beneath the worries, the hatred, the bile.


Lift the cover off life, look behind all the tears,

remember how it was before the doubts and fears.

Look deep inside, close your eyes, free your mind

and recover the goodness that we’ve all left behind.


It was there once before and it can be there again

but we must want it so badly till it’s all that remains.

Pull it back from the brink, show the love that you feel,

share in the warmth, start to feel your world heal.


Find your inner child and hold onto its hand,

lead it to love and wondrous lands.


Imagine a world through eyes without strife

and remember the feelings, the love and the life.



Written by Darren Scanlon March 2014.

This revised version written 3rd April 2015.

©2014 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. Olga says:

    I’m really happy to see you write this beauty and express the wonders of our childhood.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Just perfect! Adults forget how to play! Find a child and let go of your inhibitions…

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  3. Chris White says:

    Darren. This bowled me over. It took me right back. The picture on your latest post was just right. I was brought up in the 1950s. A good time. It makes my heart ache whenever I hear about children who have had a rough time growing up. All the best. Kris.

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    1. Cheers Chris. I love thinking back to my childhood (late 60’s and through 70’s). Its sad that children of today don’t have the same opportunity to just BE CHILDREN in a safe and free world.

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