Innocence Lost

I saw him last year

A boy of nine

Living down the lane

Curiosity in his expression

Innocence in his eyes

Devoid of deceit and lies.


I saw him again this year

Artful in countenance

Eyes seething with belligerence

Mouthing abuse with each sentence


Alas! He has lost his naivety

Amongst the mob of his playground

He has lost his innocence

To the dark exposure of media

He has lost his trust

To the ways of the world

Now, he is an adult in a child’s body

Waiting for physical growth

To tackle the tough world.

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