Knox family heartened by Oscar poem

Published Tuesday, 13 May 2014
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The parents of Oscar Knox are among the thousands of people online who have been touched by a poem written in memory of their son.

Knox family heartened by Oscar poem
Belfast City Hall was lit up in the colours of Team Oscar in tribute. (© UTV)

A host of tributes have already been made to the brave five-year-old, affectionately known as "Wee Oscar", after he passed away on Thursday and was remembered at a Mass of Angels on Sunday.

Belfast City Hall was lit up in Team Oscar colours and lanterns were also released into the night sky.

Now a poem has been written about Oscar's journey to Neverland.

His mum Leona had told mourners how she and his dad Stephen had explained to their little boy that he would be going to heaven.

"We talked to him a few weeks ago about going on a journey to Neverland. We explained in Neverland there are no sore knees, no sore heads and no sore tummies," she said.

The poem, posted on Facebook by Paul O'Neill, opens with Oscar being taken by the hand and welcomed to Neverland by Peter - presumably Peter Pan from his favourite movie.

Me and Leona shed a wee tear when we read it!

Stephen Knox

"There were no tubes or needles, no sickness, no pain - I suddenly felt healthy, like a wee boy again," the poem notes.

"I grabbed Peter and I hugged him with all my might - looked at him and said: "My mummy was right."

Thanking Paul on Twitter, Stephen said the poem was wonderful, while Leona added: "This poem gave us closure on Oscar's send-off, it captures his nature perfectly."

Over 5,000 people shared the Facebook post, with nearly twice as many 'liking' it and many more mentioning it on Twitter.

Meanwhile, nearly £35,000 has been raised through a Just Giving page for the NI Hospice in the last few days, all in the name of a little boy who made a very big impact and ensured many people would remain #TeamOscarForever.


A special programme, The Oscar Knox Story, will be shown on Thursday 15 May at 8.30pm on UTV.

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kathleen engelen in belfast wrote (117 days ago):
A poem for Oscar x A little boy from Ireland. They knew him far and wide His bravery inspired us, we loved the little guy His body was so weary, but his spirit was so strong He fought this horrible illness, he soldiered on and on His family so loved him, they never left his side His illness broke their hearts I'm sure, but they always made him smile One day they were all together and he whispered with a sigh I want to go to Neverland, way up in the sky To go into the dodie shop, a sight I want to see I'll go there in the tractor, I'm pretty sure it's green To were my tummy hurts no more, no needles and no pills I will run and play and giggle as I climb the cloudy hills So his mum and dad they held him tight, and said it's time to go We know we have to let you, it hurts us even though He breathed his final earthly breath, and smiled a happy sigh He floated up to neverland, way up in God's blue sky As he floated up to neverland, our lanterns lit his way He surely did unite us, for this little boy we prayed God bless you little Oscar, play football in the sky You will never be forgotten, so many you inspired Sleep well little Angel x
love in norn iron wrote (125 days ago):
Just watched the oscar knox story was very sad but well done utv for getting oscars story out there in such a lovly way! Stephen and leona deserve all the happiness in the world they r credit to any parent! wee oscar was an angel he smiled through all of his darkest days, his mummy and daddy made his wee life so special and made wee oscar and izzie loved so much! Thank u UTV and the knox family for sharing your story with us. much love sent your way #teamoscarforever #champion xxx
love in norn iron wrote (126 days ago):
Oscar knox story tomara nite at 8.30pm on utv ino all of Norn iron will be tuning into watch such an amazing wee man!! X
fiona in derry wrote (126 days ago):
amazing poem lovley tribute to wee oscar xx
love in norn iron wrote (126 days ago):
Omg how amazing is paul sitting writing this poem for a family going through so much amazing talent paul, paul u must feel so proud to bring such peace and comfort to a family grieving!! #talentbeyondwordspaul xx
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