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.



Darren Scanlon
Darren Scanlon was born in 1965 and still lives in Lancashire in the English Northwest.

A typical 'northern lad', his ‘tell it like it is’, sarcastic, tongue-in-cheek humour and writing style have earned him 5 Star Ratings on Amazon.

His poetry, which he has been writing since the age of 16, is published on many websites including Write Here and High On Poems where he has recieved great reviews:

"We at High On Poems are blessed to have found such a treasure as you in our midst. Your poetry is thought provoking and shakes one up. You obviously are a powerful wielder of words!"

His work to date includes:

Hey Up, Matron! His debut novel which is a laugh-out-loud, roller-coaster ride through a day in the life of a NHS hospital ward from the point of view of the long-suffering patients and based on his own real-life experiences.

Broken Angel and Broken Wings. The first two books into his gritty crime/gangster thriller Danny Roberts Series.

Positively Poetic Vol’s 1, 2, 3 & 4. Four volumes into his on-going poetry collections.

A Mouse’s Tale. An illustrated children’s novel, (based on one of his own poems of the same name).

Alphabet Zoo. An illustrated children’s educational ABC book.

He is currently working on his latest novel, book 3 of Danny Roberts thriller series.

Future projects include, Way Back When, which is a comical look at childhood and how things have change, (not necessarily for the better), between the ‘now’ and back in the 1970’s when he was a lad.

Also an illustrated children’s poetry collection and another illustrated ABC book.

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