That Boy



That Boy


A scrap of a boy.

Crumpled shoulders,

angled face, disdainful.

Adults only remember to yell at him,

children only remember to fear him. 

He is That Boy,

a real-life horror story,

haunting childhood memories,

living on a loop.

The Boy that never wrote a sentence,

now sentenced to life,

haunting a cell,

living on a loop.


Linda Sacco 

Linda Sacco is a teacher and writer living in Melbourne, Australia.

Her qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Professional Writing) from Victoria University and Master of Teaching (Primary) from The University of Melbourne.

Her poetry has been published in Ariel Chart, Bluepepper, Dead Snakes, Dual Coast Magazine, 50 Haikus, Haiku Journal, Haiku Pond, Inwood Indiana, Poetry Quarterly, Poetry Pacific, Tanka Journal, Three Line Poetry and Track + Signal Magazine. Her first full-length poetry collection is Waves.

In 2022, her poem River was nominated for The Pushcart Prize.

She is the author of the Which Is Your Perfect Pet? ebook series with titles on Dog Breeds, Designer Dogs, Cat Breeds and Birds. A forthcoming title in the series, Rabbits and Rodents is due for release next year.

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