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The Boy Behind the Fireplace
by Hazel Statham
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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In October 2003, the skeleton of a young boy was discovered when replacing the original fireplace in the main hall of a thirteen century castle.
There was no clue to the boy's identity, but sightings had been recorded of a small boy of the period seen playing in the hall.



’Twas in the thrall of winter, he holed me in this wall.

My life I was to forfeit, my lord would have it all.

My hearth my lord did covet, my mother he desired.

My death was all he needed, and for this he conspired.


My mother’s heart he captured, he held her in his spell.

To me, he showed his hatred, and left me in this hell.

Now let this wall bear witness, to the evil of his mind,

For all will know his purpose, when they my body find.


My life’s breath still did linger when put inside this wall

And though I cried and pleaded, no one would heed my call.

I scraped against the brickwork, but it still held its place

Now none will ever know me, and none behold my face.


My lord, my place has taken, my mother and my worth,

And I am left here grounded, forever on this earth.






Hazel Statham © October 2005








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Reviewed by Sheila Roy 9/22/2009
I love this type of story. It tugs on my heart-strings and my curiousity at the same time. A great read.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/14/2008

I have enjoyed the reading of "The Boy Behind the Fireplace". An artiful composition of poetic magnificence.

In admiration,

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Susan MacAllen 3/25/2008
This is really haunting (no pun intended). I am interested that you used such lyrical style and so well (rarely done well nowadays). It reads as if it should be set to folk music.
Reviewed by Ken Chartrand 3/23/2008
Hazel, I read your poem"The Boy Behind The Fireplace" I found it to be a very strange but sad account of this unknown child. Thanks for this. Enjoyed very much. Please feel free to visit my sites at either or here in the "Den"
Reviewed by Z McClure 3/5/2008
What a sad tale. And yet, this lad has not been forgotten, for you have immortalized him forever in verse. The truth may never be known for sure this side of Heaven, but countless thousands will now remember his life, if only for a moment.

Great write Hazel! Is this the germ for a novel? Sounds intriquing.

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