We take so much for granted

from this world on which we play,

the breath inside our lungs

drawn in from a cold and windy day.


Draining the life from a world already

so drawn and stretched to it’s limits,

desperately trying to imbibe

the scarcities still deep within it.


To live; to breathe; to follow time

as down the wind it sails

against all odds and obstacles,

a hidden strength prevails.


To hold on tight and stare defiantly

down deaths devouring depths

and scream, determined to tear the tears

from the foolish and inept.


To bid them, take a look around

at all that they destroy,

a living, breathing world discarded

like an old unwanted toy.


It’s time to reach out and reclaim

what we cherish and hold so dear,

to offer them all protection,

no more to live in fear.


Stretch out our wings like a shield,

a storm shelter overhead

and watch the dark defilers, fall

to the terror that they once bred.


To breathe; to live another day

and watch our children flourish

instead of fighting against a tide

where one and all could perish.


Breathe sweet child,

no harm will come

to you, this much I vow.

For as long as I draw

a living breath, until then,

from here and now.



Written by Darren Scanlon, 14th May 2014

Revised 16th May 2015.

©2015 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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