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A story oft retold, is of a very testy lad
Hair dishevelled, eyes shifty, a bearing truly sad
An orphanage was home to him, for he was owned by none,
He happened out of nowhere and was named nobody’s son.

A derelict, a loner, was this lowly little child
Growing in an environment bereft of every joy
He turned uncouth, and raucous, with not a trace of meek or mild
Shocking rude, a shade too crude, this undignified boy.

As fate would have it, just upon entering his teens,
A fight ensued, he ended up, bruised black and blue
And packed, in custody, to a juvenile detention home
He spent his years, in bitter tears, to mend his ways anew.

This lad for whom, one and all, had given up their hope
Was shone to pristine pure, this raw, ribald, rebellious bloke
The black sheep had converted into a charmer, a real smoothie
Emerging as a law abiding enforcer of one’s duty.

Murderers and criminals he trailed and got them into prison
Fugitives of law were caught by him and tried for treason.
To new heights having risen, this man of no identity
From a turncoat to a redcoat, he established his fidelity.

So never ever judge a book, only by its cover,
Inside its well thumbed pages, the entire saga you’ll discover
And you’ll find silver linings, within parched pages, will unfold
Like life’s varied seasons, all engraved in shades of gold.


  1. Nina says:

    What an interesting story of a poor orphan who fought his way into the goodness of life! Awesome narration in the audio … Really enjoyed it! Your use of words to describe everything is truly remarkable! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  2. Loretta says:

    Thank you so much, dear Ninzy.. Such a lovely comment! There is a measure of bad even in the best and there is a measure of good even in the worst… If properly dealt with and channelized, the measure of good can be increased to the maximum …As long as there is life, there is hope!

  3. Uday Joshi says:

    Narrative Poem 😍😍 At one point, i felt I am reading a story but it is actually a poem.
    Very well-framed in form of a poemπŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½

  4. Lucy D'souza. says:

    Very touching and soul stirring poem about this young orphan boy, who from a vagabond, becomes a law abiding citizen. Lola, you have written and narrated it so beautifully, straight from the heart. πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ’β€οΈπŸ˜˜

    • Loretta says:

      Thank you very much for your wonderful comment, dear Lus… Feels so nice to be encouraged by my li’l sis… πŸ˜πŸ™πŸŒΉ

  5. Rosh+Naidu says:

    An amazing change due to his repentance. God Bless. HUGS

  6. R l Narasimhan says:

    Very nice……Is it based on any true character read about or seen?

    • Loretta says:

      Thanks Narasu for appreciating the poem… No, it isn’t based on any true character! Just figments of my imagination… I pictured it, and there it was! πŸ€£πŸ™πŸŒΉ

  7. Lydia says:

    Wonderful transformation of an orphan, a ‘nobody’s’ child, unloved, unwanted and rebellious, becoming a man of character, standing up for justice and truth. Very well written and narrated by you Lola. God bless you.πŸ‘πŸ™πŸ’πŸ’“

    • Loretta says:

      Wow! Such a beautiful comment, dear Lyd! You’ve captured the orphan’s image very well indeed… Thanks sis, for the encouragement!

  8. Leslie says:

    Beautiful story of transformation.

    • Loretta says:

      So happy to receive a comment from you, dear Les! Yes, God’s plans for man is always good and it shows up, sooner or later… Even the worst teaches us something good. There’s always a lesson to be learned.. God bless, broπŸ˜πŸ™πŸŒΉ

  9. Balaji says:

    A lovely poem, a story, that filled me with hope eternal ! Nothing is lost till the last chapter and page unfolds

    • Loretta says:

      Balaji, I love your comment.. You catch the essence and understand exactly what one is driving at and trying to establish… God bless… πŸŒΉπŸ˜πŸ™

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