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This poem by John Berriman is about losing something that you love and learning to grow up It is about a little boy who for the first time in his young life is learning what it is like to experience grief at the loss of a much beloved possession - his ball To us the loss of a ball is of minor consequence and our reaction to it is to say O there are other balls But to a little boy this is not so A dime another ball is worthless Money is external it cannot buy back our love nor replace the things that we love the things that really matter In this poem the boys ball personifies his young days and happy innocence In this world people will take balls just as they will take away our innocence and force us to grow up And once we lose this innocence we can never get it back Balls will be lost always little boy and no one buys a ball back This poem goes to show how all throughout your life you will be forced to do things that you dont want to do and you will lose or have to give up the things that you love But despite this you have to learn to stand up - to be strong and get on with your life - no matter how much it hurts inside Because that is the only way you will survive you have to learn to accept and let go - and not cling onto something that you can never have The poet uses imagery when describing how the ball personifies the spirit of the boys childish innocence In the last five lines we visualize how the spirit of this little boy like the ball is sinking into the dark waters of the harbour As it drifts further away the boy learns to grow up and
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