Too much darkness

in this dying world,

too many force-fed fears.

Too many bent

and broken lives,

adrift on a torrent of tears.


So many children

brainwashed and abused,

dull overcrowded halls.

Pointless graffiti

spreading like scars,

on cold, crumbling walls.


Why do we let them

arrogantly teach

such a history of loathsome lies.

Impressionable children

taking everything in,

with eager, innocent eyes.


Discard the curriculum;

cultivated pages of deceit

and government lies.

Teach them how to dig

down though the layers,

find their own truth in life.


Knowledge has the power

to free their minds;

to let their spirits swell.

Seek it out and share it wide

but above all else,

teach them well.


Teach them about love,

respect and honour,

loyalty, dignity and pride.

Of life shared together,

a home for the heart

and a family for which to provide.


Nurture creativity

and expression of the soul,

in writing, music and art.

Unleash the possibilities

lying dormant and deep

within the beat of each tender heart.


Help and support them in

whatever they choose,

for they are the legacy we leave.

The beat of new blood

flowing strong in their hearts

and in all that they are soon going to weave.



Written by Darren Scanlon, 23rd February 2015.

Revised 20th November 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.

24 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks Kutkuamus.


  2. kutukamus says:

    Some quenching water
    For the world
    By Darren 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. You’re right about what is taught in schools. I totally agree.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    I could not agree more, Darren. You’ve managed to capture my feeling so well!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Noelle. We must invest in our future and we must do it now. 😊


  5. Olga says:

    If there is no hope for the children, there’s is no hope for humanity. Wonderful poetic words of encouragement.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks Olga. I believe there is always hope and its in our future generations. We must light that fire now and watch the flames grow.

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      1. Olga says:

        Nicely put, Darren.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Rita says:

    Oh my friend this is so beautiful. I so appreciate your gift and thank you for sharing it with us. (PS, I received a beautiful book in the post yesterday and wrapped it to put under the tree for a bright-eyed little boy to read to me with milk and cookies)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Awww excellent. 😊 And thank you for your kind words, Rita.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Rita says:

        Thank you for the gift of words to share with my little grandson, Darren.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Entirely my pleasure. 😊

        Liked by 1 person

  7. joylennick says:

    So poignant, Darren. Love and hope are all.,

    Liked by 2 people

    1. All we have left to play with these days, Joy. I will never give up hope and if love ever leaves me…..


  8. Poli Impelli says:

    Crying… does it say anything? ;-). Powerful. Thanks, Darren.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I thank you for your tears, Poli. I guess that means my words touched your heart. My job is complete. 😊

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Poli Impelli says:

        Indeed, Darren! My pleasure reading you, always. Hugs from Argentina 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  9. gauravbarot says:

    Keep such masterpieces coming, Darren Sir!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Your wish is my command, Gaurav. Thank you!


  10. Brings out the colour of my character, don’t you think? tee hee

    Liked by 3 people

  11. lbeth1950 says:

    You had me at the daisy headband! Will you marry me

    Liked by 3 people

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