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Child Soldiers MAG

March 13, 2008
By Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
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Their eyes tell silent stories.
Stories that would shock even the darkest of hearts.
These eyes have seen worse than some could even dream of.
They’ve seen killing and death, and pain and suffering to extents that can be hard to imagine.
Eyes that should be learning how to read are instead being taught how to fight.
Emotionless eyes are being forced to kill in gruesome ways.
Eyes that seem to have run out of tears, because crying never helped.
Their sobs are unheard, their tears are unseen.
Children who are innocent are being ruined by men who see no hope in their government.
Men who are willing to take advantage of an irreplaceable innocence.
The eyes are deep brown.
A brown so deep you could get lost in it.
Eyes that catch attention for their beauty.
They silently tell of innocence lost and of silent tears cried.
These are the eyes of a child soldier.

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on Jan. 20 2012 at 9:09 pm
kate12345me GOLD, Sydney, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth." - Thoreau
"Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on."

Very moving, and very much from the heart. If I could point out something, try not to repeat the same word in the space of a few words, such as 'innocent' and 'innocence'. Apart from that, this was absolutely perfect and I think it is very deserving of being in the mag. If you could check out my work, I'd be honored. Keep writing, 13-year-old Katie x

on Jan. 20 2012 at 7:13 pm
Bookworm1997 BRONZE, South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 article 0 photos 29 comments

Favorite Quote:
You cannot open a book without learning something. -Confucious

This poem is beautiful and emotional.

on Jan. 17 2012 at 1:10 pm
Daisysmile101 BRONZE, Buffalo, New York
1 article 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What lies behind us and what lies before of us is a tiny matter compared to what lies within us"
Walt Emerson

really powerful poem almost made me cry.

purple678 said...
on Dec. 29 2011 at 6:18 pm
purple678, The Woodlands, Texas
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great poem- very emotional and powerful.

Fia-fia BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2011 at 6:08 pm
Fia-fia BRONZE, Bethesda, Maryland
4 articles 1 photo 157 comments
THis is so sad, a wonderful and powerful poem though. Child Soldiers are a problem, and this is a good message. Thank you :)

CJN0808 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 29 2011 at 1:25 pm
CJN0808 BRONZE, Katy, Texas
4 articles 0 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Experience, that most brutal of teachers; but you learn, my God do you learn."

-C.S. Lewis

Wow! Great imagery and subject matter! Come check ou my poem if you like this, and rate/comment :)

on Dec. 21 2011 at 1:04 pm
StephY95 BRONZE, New York, New York
1 article 0 photos 3 comments

Favorite Quote:
All Is Fair And Love And War.

I Love This Poem..... Its kinds Of relate to the book boy soilders it kind of brings tears to my eyes

on Dec. 19 2011 at 12:29 pm
mfischer SILVER, Northfield, Minnesota
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Brought me to tears, KEEP it up! :)

lili889 said...
on Dec. 13 2011 at 11:24 pm
from whose perspective is it writen from?

on Dec. 7 2011 at 9:47 pm
otherpoet SILVER, Wayland, Massachusetts
6 articles 9 photos 254 comments

Favorite Quote:
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

Wow! You are an excellent writer! I love the message this poem conveys, and you have such a strong voice. I can tell you are passionate about this subject!

ninja17 SILVER said...
on Dec. 7 2011 at 9:09 pm
ninja17 SILVER, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes we tend to be in despair when the person we love leaves us, but the truth is, it's not our loss, but theirs, for they left the only person who wouldn't give up on them."

Won my heart!

on Dec. 7 2011 at 4:09 pm
ApolloSun PLATINUM, Evanston, Illinois
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This was a very nice poem! I explained just what it needed to in only a few words, which is nice to eyes. Great job!

james14 BRONZE said...
on Dec. 7 2011 at 9:14 am
james14 BRONZE, Charlotte, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Worst excuse for not turning in homework: 'I couldn't find anyone to copy it from'".

OMG! this was amazing! u r a really good writer! follow ur dreams and keep writing!

on Dec. 7 2011 at 1:43 am
youngspeare BRONZE, Nairobi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
We wouldn't ask a rose that grew from the concrete for having damaged petals; in turn we'd all celebrate its tenacity, we'd all love tz will to reach the sun well we are the roses n these are my damaged petals don't ask me why thank God and ask me how

wow! It's such a beautiful piece, i'm touched. 5/5 stars, excellent job! Keep writing, you sure are talented. :)
Check out my poem "Ghosts of the Past" and rate/comment? Would really appreciate it!

butterfly123 said...
on Dec. 4 2011 at 8:59 am
butterfly123, Banglore, Other
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i completely agree with the whole idea of the poem

on Nov. 30 2011 at 6:51 pm
Nasra689 BRONZE, Mississauga, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best."
— Marilyn Monroe

this is so amazing it made me sad to read, sorry to write this but i also have a poem that is like this called "discrinimation" can u plz read it and give me feedback? thx :)

Big k said...
on Nov. 29 2011 at 10:20 am
Who cares

on Nov. 15 2011 at 8:47 pm
SophieG. SILVER, St. Davids, Pennsylvania
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this is amazing!!!! Please check out my work!!!!!!!

on Nov. 15 2011 at 7:37 pm
WithEyesWideOpen BRONZE, Wayne, Pennsylvania
2 articles 22 photos 240 comments

Favorite Quote:
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.

This is amazing. Great detail. I have an Invisible Children's Club at my school & i woudl just love to share this...if you don't mine.

Dreammer GOLD said...
on Nov. 15 2011 at 7:32 pm
Dreammer GOLD, Montrose, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
Love is like quicksand the further you fall the harder it is to get out

This was amazing! Please look at my work :)