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A Coward I Am

October 21, 2011
By ItzStar BRONZE, Waianae, Hawaii
ItzStar BRONZE, Waianae, Hawaii
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imma Overcome, not be breaking down instead"
-Shirnel Enos

It seemed as if I were the only one there,
to witness his pain,
to watch his father punch him in the face.

He was the deemed victim,
I saw his father throw him across the sand.

And why?
All because he was a helpless little boy,
being taken in by the Oceans currents.

The demon arose in his father,
and sought out to kill the heart of he.

With every hit his little spirit came crashing down,
the demon slowly killed him inside and out.

Slaps across the face

“Daddy please...”, he cries
With every little tear running down his meek face,
came a new found reason to hate his father.

Had he done wrong by playing on the sand?
I think not!

And yet I witnessed his pain,
I felt it as my own.

And yet...I let it slide.
A Coward I Am...

The author's comments:
This poem was written for a small boy (Whom I don't have any affiliation with). His dad beat him on fathers day at the beach because he was playing on the sand & a humongous wave came to gobble him up whole. His uncle saved him only to witness him be beaten. We (Everyone at the beach-there were many of us-) all witnessed this boys pain and in the end we were all to scared to stop it. So I shall speak for myself & say "A Coward I Am"...

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This article has 3 comments.

on Mar. 18 2013 at 4:11 pm
TargonTheDragon GOLD, Ofallon, Missouri
15 articles 16 photos 292 comments

Favorite Quote:
First dentistry was painless.
Then bicycles were chainless,
Carriages were horseless,
And many laws enforceless.

Next cookery was fireless,
Telegraphy was wireless,
Cigars were nicotineless,
And coffee caffeineless.

Soon oranges were seedless,
The putting green was weedless,
The college boy was hatless,
The proper diet fatless.

New motor roads are dustless,
The latest steel is rustless,
Our tennis courts are sodless,
Our new religion — godless.

I agree with LoudDreamer, the father was probably just scared to death that the boy would have been hurt. but then again, i also think it was a poor choice to beat the boy. the man should have some sort of selfcontrol. but then again, when my bro hit me in the head with a rock (an accident i assure you) my dad was more concerned with yelling at my little bro because of my dads helplessness to stop the situation than to help me.

ItzStar BRONZE said...
on Nov. 14 2011 at 7:33 pm
ItzStar BRONZE, Waianae, Hawaii
3 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Imma Overcome, not be breaking down instead"
-Shirnel Enos

Thank you... I feel Validated... Finally...


Star Kaohu-Scorse


on Nov. 14 2011 at 7:27 pm
Helena_Noel BRONZE, Burnt Hills, New York
1 article 0 photos 629 comments

Favorite Quote:
“I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way: The eye's a better pupil and more willing than the ear, fine counsel is confusing, but example's always clear.” -Edgar Guest

Amazing, well written. I especially like "And  yet I witnessed his pain, I felt it as my own." I think that everyone has felt helplessness in one sitch or another. You did a very good job giving your readers avenues through which they can sypathize with this poem, with the regret and empathy behind it.

When it comes to the father, though, I think that he was more scared beyond his wits for his boy's safety than angry, men have trouble letting it show, so they show it by being strict, which is why I always felt that you shouldn't punnish someone till you've cooled off and can properly acess: dose he need a beating, grounding, or just a time out? But its must be harder than it sounds.