Tracks of a Wandering Mind

Poetry, stories and random thoughts from a wandering mind.

The Land of Broken Toys

(Written after I read about an abused child.)

There’s a land you have not heard of
In any lullaby.
It’s not so very far away
And always out of sight.

I’m surprised that you don’t know it,
It’s filled with girls and boys.
It’s for children of all ages,
This Land of Broken Toys.

Here’s a little boy named Billy,
They say he’s not so smart.
Or is it that life’s cruelty
Taught him to hide his heart?

There’s a little girl named Susan,
A tiny little thing,
Who stares at you with quiet eyes
And wonders what you’ll bring.

Will it be feast or famine
And what will be her share?
Or will it be a heavy hand
That feeds to her despair?

If we could only mend these toys,
What course would our lives take?
If we could only save but one,
What difference would it make?

The only way to answer this
And then to understand,
Is to put ourselves in their place,
Where it all began.

Perhaps we might then come to see
Why they would make no noise,
And we might not then want to live
In a land of Broken Toys.

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September 18, 2011 - Posted by | Poetry | ,

8 Comments »

  1. That hit home. One of your best.

    Comment by heartspurs | September 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you.

      Comment by Brady | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  2. Eerily provoking; a difficult issue thoughtfully exposed. Nice poem!

    Comment by Edward Fraser | September 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you!

      Comment by Brady | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  3. Can’t get this poem out of my head. I think that speaks for the poem

    Comment by heartspurs | September 19, 2011 | Reply

    • Thank you so much. I appreciate the feedback!

      Comment by Brady | September 19, 2011 | Reply

  4. Another good one!

    Comment by thebardonthehill | September 20, 2011 | Reply

  5. Makes you think about your own children, and want to hug them a little more tonight.

    Comment by randomredhead2012 | December 28, 2012 | Reply


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