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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 Aug. 19 2011 at 1:45 pm
Jacy-Lee PLATINUM, Stonington, Connecticut
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Favorite Quote:
Love to learn, learn to love

very simple and yet very beautiful, much like some of the greatest poems in history. this is well done and powerful. good job


on Aug. 19 2011 at 1:42 pm
writingchic BRONZE, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
You are what you say you are

Wow. this poem is so powerful. Each stanza made it a little easier to see , a little easier to understand the real me and Chelsea I thank you for that. Keep up the amazing work.

on Aug. 19 2011 at 12:33 pm
Lola_Black GOLD, Harrison, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
"I've always been famous. It's just everybody's just now finding out." --Lady Gaga

Oh my gosh, I cried reading this! Really makes me want to do something.

on Aug. 19 2011 at 9:38 am
snaomi PLATINUM, Cheshire, Connecticut
43 articles 0 photos 38 comments

i agree that the subject of the poem is definitely something that needs to be much more discussed in todays society - 

poem-wise, though, I think the continuous periods make it a little too choppy - maybe a lack of punctuation and slightly more flowery language would help the flow

on Jul. 28 2011 at 9:51 pm
NaiNelson PLATINUM, Bellevue, Washington
36 articles 0 photos 8 comments

Favorite Quote:
Change in life is never easy, but you have to learn to deal with it because life doesn't slow down for stragglers.

I totally agree! beautiful... truly inspiring!

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on Jul. 28 2011 at 5:55 pm
***** 5 star for you perhaps 6

. said...
on Jul. 28 2011 at 5:55 pm
***** 5 star for you!

sashsinghz21 said...
on Jul. 28 2011 at 1:02 pm
awww .... this is so toughing ... i almost cried that hw sad da story is but these kids r SURELY brave no doughts on that....

on Jul. 11 2011 at 12:20 pm
laughqueen96 BRONZE, Wappingers Falls, New York
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wow, this made me tear. its beautiful.

on Jul. 7 2011 at 8:43 am
foreverme143 SILVER, Williamstown, New Jersey
6 articles 1 photo 6 comments
maybe ur right, the poem is beautiful and i wasnt  trying to be blind, i was just wondering if she saw something on tv, witnessed in person, or read a book, that made them want to speak out. not blind, just curious

jazzy18 said...
on Jul. 6 2011 at 11:43 pm
you dont see what she or he wrote it is heart moving omg my heart just sank i love this if you dont see it then you are blind then my friend wow that  was really moving i see why you wrote this poem i understand why. these little kids have seen it all its moving

on Jul. 6 2011 at 6:20 pm
foreverme143 SILVER, Williamstown, New Jersey
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i love the truth of this free verse and how its simple but really powerful. i just want to know what made want to write this? like what brought child soldiers to ur attenetion?

on Jul. 6 2011 at 5:13 pm
Dragonfly_Girl PLATINUM, Pleasant Hill, California
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Favorite Quote:
Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.

Beautiful! Gave me chills! Horrible subject matter handled eloquently and movingly. The world needs more writers like you.

on Jul. 6 2011 at 2:20 pm
collegegirladventures GOLD, Mequon, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.

~Salman Rushdie

wow!! so deep. i like deep, weel thought-through, understandable writing pieces. keep it up

Ocean&&Sun said...
on Jul. 6 2011 at 12:08 pm
Wow... Im speechless! That was so well written and yet so sad. I wonder what inspired you to write that. Is that really how our world has become?

JLeigh BRONZE said...
on Jul. 6 2011 at 11:07 am
JLeigh BRONZE, Bloemfontein, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Dynamites come in small packages.

Wow, such a sad and well written poem! It's so sad to hear about child soldiers but it's something people need to know and hear about. So well done! 

on Jun. 14 2011 at 3:56 pm
HopeEternal9 SILVER, Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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Favorite Quote:
\"Courage is a whisper from above: Listen with your heart and you will know what to do, and when, and how.\"
-Irena Gutowna Opdyke

This is such an amazing poem. I would feel so happy and grateful if I was able to write like you. Please, please, please write more:) 

on Jun. 14 2011 at 3:46 pm
freeflow23 GOLD, Durham, North Carolina
15 articles 0 photos 96 comments

Favorite Quote:
Saul saw Goliath as too big to kill. David saw he was too big to miss.

I love how you didn't hold back when talking about a subject like this.

on Jun. 14 2011 at 12:12 pm
Eno_Bladez GOLD, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
16 articles 1 photo 81 comments

Favorite Quote:
it'll be okay, if it's not okay it's not over.

:D wow i love this!!!!!

daydreamer22 said...
on May. 25 2011 at 3:13 pm
daydreamer22, Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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Favorite Quote:
"Someday someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else"

Your poem is incredible, it made me tear up a bit. Excellent work