For A Boy I Never Knew (A Tragedy)

English: Logo for the National Society for the...

English: Logo for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Until a few days ago I never knew you,

Not your name, your face, nor that you existed

Now you, so beautiful, so small,

You are etched in my heart leaving a scar

Your face on the t.v. as I turn on the news

A fragile smile – how could you raise a smile at all?

–          The broadcaster telling me your tragic tale

Starved, locked up, beaten and abused

All by the very people who should have nurtured

Protected and loved you

Always children suffer cruelty

All over the world you see pain and hurt

Politics and war and famine and disease

But somehow your story is even worse

Your own mother, your step-father, this was personal

I sigh and mutter over those poor other children

But for you no sound, silence reigns

As I try with no success to understand

How a mother could do this – a mother! No!

No woman like that earns that special title

Silence in me but my heart singing loud

Praying, weeping, wanting to take you in my arms

Wanting to protect you to love you to say you’re safe now

But I never knew you existed

Until I heard you were dead.

All I can do is pray for your soul

And wish you the peace in death

You never had a chance at in Life.


Rest in Peace Daniel P. I am sorry xxx


For those not from Britain, and those who have not heard the news – Daniel P was a 4 year old boy who suffered terrible abuse at the hands of his mother and step-father. No teachers, doctors or social services stepped in to save him. He died from blows – yes blowS to the head. He weighed the same as an 18 month old.

I can’t save him. My anger, sadness and shame feel like a physical thing.

This – this writing and sharing his tragedy and awareness, is all that I can do.

The poem isn’t perfect – because it comes from the heart. I have not, I will not, sit and ‘craft it’, that seems wrong somehow. I am writing in total honesty, for Daniel P. 

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  1. Bless your generous and compassionate heart for writing and sharing this piece. May this sweet innocent child find peace, and may his memory live on in hearts that care. Thank you for sharing. And may this wonderful post help be a wake up call for social worker & child care agencies to take more assertive action whenever possible.
    Thank you again for sharing this very touching post.
    Blessings, Gina

    • Thank you for your kind words Gina. I too, hoe & pray that his memory & the tragic lesson learned will never be forgotten.
      Blessings be x

  2. Poor baby! So sad and tragic, makes me want to scream but I cry instead and pray that he is at peace. 😦

  3. Blessings to you for bringing this up on your blog. The news has left me with a wrenching pain. Knowing he received such brutality and died as result makes me want to question his mother about the value she has for human life.

    • I know. She cannot have a soul, not truly, or maybe her soul is black – twisted, gnarled, deformed. No animal would treat their offspring like that. Only humanity. Well, some, but that shames the rest of us. I cannot believe that people like that and the rest of us share chromosomes.

      • Such act is indeed cruel; a wicked side of life, which we all must fight against.

  4. Heidi, I so wanted to reply when you first posted this but I read via phone.. I cried when I heard this story, and like you can not even begin to think that a Mother could do this to her child…
    I hope little Daniel is now in peace … I hope we have been opened up to yet more compassion as we send him and all children everywhere who are suffering…

    I lit a candle for him the day I heard of the story Heidi, and said a prayer… His little face will be with me for some time…

    Love and Blessings
    Sue x

    • So sorry to upset you Sue 😦 I know, it’s a hard thing to read and hear about, but I felt I had to DO something, in his memory.
      Bless you for the prayers & candle, a lovely tribute. X

      • No you did not upset me Heidi, I watched on a TV report hubby was watching and had to walk out the room… I felt sickened that People could do this… Its fitting that you should have honoured him Heidi… Love to you xox

  5. Reblogged this on Healing Light Therapies and commented:
    This tragedy should never have occurred. Love, light and Blessings to little Daniel; RIP

  6. So tragic, so sad; my heartfelt love and blessings go to little Daniel. Sleep tight my dear child, sleep in peace.

  7. This is so tragic and cruel. May he rest in peace. A beautiful tribute, Heidi

  8. I was moved by this too Heidi. A terrible tragedy for which there are no words. It is devastating to know what he must’ve gone through and the fact no one could help him. Lovely poem. I just hope he is at peace now.

  9. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

     /  August 3, 2013

    whispers of love never received
    such a small life never to achieve
    a simple hug or warm smile
    your sadness is felt across the miles
    knowing you are now embraced
    loved for your beauty and grace
    so young to be forever gone
    but so loved are you in your new home
    May you Rest In Peace….

    this was a hard one…each little soul that is lost to us
    another piece will not be found here…
    Take Care…You Matter…and I feel the sadness within your thoughts…

  10. So sad. Bless you for bringing attention to this abuse and being a voice for the voiceless. I pray for all victims and abuser to stop to these innocent victims… Bless you.

  11. So sad. Sending prayers for his soul.

  12. Reblogged this on The Eagle and The Serpent and commented:

    I know this is a break from the norm, but I just feel that I have to do this. Sorry it’s so sad – but not as sad as what that poor child had to live – and die through.
    Reblogged from my creative writing blog. please, if you feel so inclined, just take a few minutes to offer a prayer, Light energy, or whatever seems appropriate to Daniel’s little soul.
    Thank you.


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