I remember a time when life was aliveSMILE 2

with wondrous mysteries of carefree design;

when clouds were fluffy and brilliant white

with planes soaring high and then out of sight.


Innocence of mind and a happier soul as we

played out with mates, we would fight and cajole.

Running around with abandon so free and

not a care in the world, just cries of pure glee.


Hide ‘n’ seek and footy as well, then

playing on rope swings down in the dell.

Flying a kite that you just made from sticks,

a bag and a tail, watch it dance and do tricks.


Crawling through grass trying not to be seen,

with toy gun in hand and knees now so green.

Attacking the fort built with cupboard and box,

with a rat-a-tat-tat and mud on your socks.


Building a den in the back yard with friends;

old wood and damp carpet with worn tatty ends,

an old bit of plastic is the window outside,

to watch for the enemy, “Be quiet and hide!”


Climbing way up to the top of the trees,

holding on tight as it sways in the breeze.

Falling back down with a thud and a shout,

hole in your coat, with stuffing hanging out.


SMILE 1Playing on swings, a roundabout and slide,

screaming and shouting with eyes open wide.

Abandoning all to the whim of the day,

“Where shall we go?” and “What shall we play?”


“What time it mister, I’m late, gotta run!”

“My tea will be cold; get a clout on the bum!”

Running through puddles down streets and dirt paths,

right up to the door we’re still having a laugh.


Quick tea and telly and then off to bed,

except on Sundays; “Get a bath, wash your head!”

A peaceful sleep, then a stretch; wide awake,

the sun is shining, I’ll go out and play.


Treasure each moment of life, in your heart,

treasure your childhood though now far apart.

Remember those days, in your darkest hours;

the sights, the sounds and colourful flowers.


The child that resides in the heart of my soul

is a child born in freedom and love to behold.

A child raised on adventure, joy and love,

we live in here together like hand in glove.


Never let go of the small child inside,

just open your heart; open it wide!

On sad lonely days, you can count all the while,

on the sweet child inside who can still make you smile.




Written by Darren Scanlon, September 2013.

Revised on 16th April 2015.

Artwork by: Angie Caira (Used with kind permision)

©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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