The Jamaican poet Mervyn Morris published "Little Boy Crying" in his 2006 collection I Been There, Sort Of. The poem takes place immediately after a father has slapped his young son. Although readers aren't sure what led to this situation, it soon becomes clear that the father regrets the way he has treated his son. It's also clear that the boy is able to sense this regret, though this does nothing to make him feel better. In this way, the poem is an exploration of the complex dynamics of a father-son relationship characterized by love, resentment, and regret.