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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 Nov. 15 2011 at 1:34 pm
ThePeaceDaisy BRONZE, Albany, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.” - Unknown
I will change this every week!

This is so sad.. :'( children, or anyone for that matter, should not be treated this way.

kobie1kenobi said...
on Nov. 15 2011 at 9:05 am
This is amazing. Well worded, deep, true, and heart-wrenching. This, right here, is an example of what good poetry is, if ever the world would give it a chance. Thank you for this poem; it speaks volumes while in silence it may be read.

on Nov. 15 2011 at 8:01 am
xximjustmexx PLATINUM, Oak Forest, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
There's no god. There's no religion. There's only life, what you do with YOUR life, who YOU let affect YOUR life. Bad things happen to everyone, you just have to learn to deal with them.

Great work. That really captured and summarized what our world has come to. 5/5

AvaJay GOLD said...
on Nov. 9 2011 at 6:47 pm
AvaJay GOLD, Spokane, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers, but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not pray for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.
~ Tagore

WOW. Amazing

on Oct. 25 2011 at 8:40 pm
EscapeSanity SILVER, Sahuache, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
Not all those who wander are lost
Is it better to be hurt by the raw truth, or comfortably deceived?

This really makes you think about the world we live in today. Your poem really put an image in my mind. I could see their tears, and imagined what they were being taught. Exellent work!

on Oct. 24 2011 at 10:26 pm
reganthevegan BRONZE, Lafayette, California
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this is so REAL. i could see them, what their eyes were reflecting. BEAUTIFUL. really good.

Evelyn said...
on Oct. 24 2011 at 2:39 pm
my friend evelyn apoko was a child soldier...

on Oct. 24 2011 at 8:49 am
What world is it that we live in, to see such sights?  Excellent work.

on Oct. 18 2011 at 12:44 pm
whitetiger303 PLATINUM, Elmira, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Nothing last forever"

This poem is very moving but very true at the same time. I like the picture that goes with it. You can tell it fits the poem.

on Oct. 11 2011 at 12:38 pm
AngelHeart654 SILVER, Grand Island, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
"The perfect person is the last one in the tree"

GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I heard so much emotion n voice.

on Oct. 5 2011 at 3:21 pm
nettibelieves SILVER, Hamilton, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
My people are American. Today is my time.

That was so beautiful. That's what it is, you know? It made my heart sink when I read it, just because you captured what you were writing about. I hope you continue to write like this. It's very important, considering the age we live in.

on Oct. 2 2011 at 8:33 pm
iAmTheStardust PLATINUM, Moon Twp., Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The prettiest flowers grow in the biggest pile of manure."

This is not American idol. This is teenink. We do not need a Simon. I thought it was incredible, No matter the subject, even though I too have a passion for raising awareness of child soldiers such as Invisible Children. Toby, lighten up. Courtney, keep writing. :)

on Sep. 30 2011 at 11:22 pm
shapeshifter56 GOLD, Cave Creek, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Instead of waiting for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain."
--Unknown Author

Beautifully written. You captured so much emotion in your poem. It is truly wonderful and clearly illustrates the pain of a child soldier.

on Sep. 23 2011 at 7:53 pm
Smiley1068 SILVER, Capitola, California
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Favorite Quote:
Don't let anyone control you

I agree that this poem is fantastic! I love all the descriptions and its well written. I love it over all. Dont let people stop you from wrtiting

on Sep. 23 2011 at 3:05 pm
dezzy_13 BRONZE, Tucson, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
"Having a talent isn't about being good at it, it's what you do with it that matters the most."


This is a great writing.  However, in my opinion, it shouldn't matter what the writing is about. It matters more if it touches the heart of someone else. This is a fantastic poem. And I love it!

on Sep. 10 2011 at 6:10 pm
Bradymb94 SILVER, Walker, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
2) "I am not, nor will I ever be, a sheep." 2) "Time will pass ever so slowly. But pass it does, Even for me." -Stephen King

hey you don't need to rip on it, I don't think it's neccessarily great but theres no need to insult people.


Toby said...
on Sep. 10 2011 at 12:55 pm
this is awful, honestly, i dont know why people think its good, its terrible, not well written at all, yes about a sesative issue, but that doesnt mean people should feel obliged to say its good...

on Sep. 10 2011 at 11:32 am
SavannahMcKenna PLATINUM, Waterman, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Dream a better dream

this is awesomeee:) anyone should check out my stuff too

simpleasthat said...
on Sep. 10 2011 at 7:05 am
simpleasthat, Lovettsville, Virginia
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Favorite Quote:
"My life is like a carousel. Always moving forward, never going back."

this is great!! very well written

JSM1996 said...
on Aug. 31 2011 at 12:16 pm
JSM1996, Carrollton, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm Done!"

Wow this is a great piece of writing. There is so much detail I feel that i can see this happening to someone right now. This piece is so sad.