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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 Apr. 2 2011 at 7:05 pm
X-CountryRunner BRONZE, Imperial, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Never Give Up, Never Give In"

This was a great poem it truley explains what happens around the world all the time, especially in Uganda with a civil war still going on down there for many years and kids, childern as young as 7 or perhaps lower being taken from there parents and being forced to fight for a wrong cause. So this poem really has powerful words and i hope that the people who read this comment will go to the Invisble Childern's website and become informed on whats happening to make a difference

on Apr. 2 2011 at 7:49 am
summermarrie BRONZE, Tobyhanna,pa, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
live well laugh offten love much.... cry less love alot be happy... if you love something or someone so much let it go if it comes back it was ment to be....

wow.. this had touched my heart... and has made me cry love this one :)

rachel24 said...
on Apr. 1 2011 at 3:30 pm
this was a reeally great poem! i have personal expieriences with this type of stuff. You did a great job! Keep writing(:

on Mar. 29 2011 at 9:21 am
CrystalMarie GOLD, Steubenville, Ohio
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This makes me sad to read it. It was well written. I hate that these little children were raised to fight. Over all good job.

on Mar. 26 2011 at 3:01 pm
CaptainFabulous GOLD, Gray Summit, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"Sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast" - Lewis Carroll

i wrote a report on chiildren in war

read some of the saddest stories while writing it your poem really gets it

great job

on Mar. 24 2011 at 5:36 pm
Griffiths1998 BRONZE, Clymer, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
You see that girl? Yeah her. She seems so invincible, right? But just touch her & she'll wince. She has secrets& trust no one. She's the perfect example of betrayal. Because everyone that she's ever trusted has hurt her.

I had to read a story bout child soldiers. its very sad...but good job!!!

on Mar. 22 2011 at 5:34 pm
nitegirl BRONZE, Myrtle, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Beacause 10 billion years time is so fragile, so emepheral... it arouses such a bittersweet, almost heartbreaking foundness

- its from a show i used to watch that i can't remeber the name of

Thats amazing, and i completely get it... really good job :)

on Mar. 18 2011 at 10:07 pm
Maggie2014 GOLD, Great Falls, Virginia
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This is an inspiring piece that not only tells a story but touches the heart. While reading this i could literally see the children, i wanted to reach out and touch them, hold them comfort those innocent brown eyes. That is what good writing is about. Bravo


on Mar. 18 2011 at 7:50 pm
Shminkanator5000 SILVER, Rochester, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"the only thing we have to fear is fear itself"

Wow this was really cool, and really well written. You can instantaneously feel the pain lodge through your heart when you read it. Fantastic work!

on Mar. 18 2011 at 3:15 pm
UnknownAuthor1995 BRONZE, McCleary, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"Always remember, it's your choice, everything is a choice."

The best poetry in my opinion is poetry that reveals the truth. Yours does just that and should open the eyes that say they are unaffected by the horrors of war. This could just as soon happen to us as it happened to them.

on Mar. 18 2011 at 1:31 pm
to.hold.the.sun SILVER, Maryville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present." -John Green

This is so touching. My eyes filled up with tears. What a powerful poem. 

on Mar. 18 2011 at 8:31 am
Basketball23 SILVER, Pine Grove, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm living in a shell with no soul" -Three Days Grace (World So Cold)
"Time still turns the pages of the book it's burned" -Avenged Sevenfold (So Far Away)

This is so fierce and harsh, but unfortunatly - for the most part - true.  This expresses such emotion...keep on writing.

katiemarie said...
on Mar. 18 2011 at 7:57 am
katiemarie, Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania
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i REALLY like this poem.

on Mar. 18 2011 at 7:51 am
BitterSweet1993 SILVER, Bronx, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. ~W. Somerset Maugham, A Writer's Notebook, 1949

Lovely piece. Keep writing. <3

on Mar. 14 2011 at 8:27 pm
Ms.Understood, Laramie, Wyoming
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WOW! Powerful...

GoldSage said...
on Feb. 24 2011 at 10:05 pm
This is so True. I absolutely Love it.

jclsjb SILVER said...
on Feb. 24 2011 at 8:07 pm
jclsjb SILVER, Paterson, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
" Being normal is overrated."

That was great. I'm an emotional kid, so I cried when I read this. I think what you wrote about was an eye-opener to anyone and everyone who read it.

on Feb. 24 2011 at 7:40 pm
writingrox2 GOLD, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars.

this is great. i love the part about how the tears dont matter and the last 2 lines. keep it up! oh yea and please read my articles and give me advice!! :)

on Feb. 24 2011 at 5:23 pm
TimeForCoffee BRONZE, Chester Springs, Pennsylvania
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Recently, I read a book called A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah. It vividly describes how Ishmael was forced to become a child soldier and how everyone was killed in it. Ishmael still lives today! Oh, and good job on the poem. Can you read my story and comment on it please? it's called You Don't Understand Me on the writing forum section.

JazzyMyne GOLD said...
on Feb. 24 2011 at 2:56 pm
JazzyMyne GOLD, Santa Clara, California
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Favorite Quote:
"I don't know what the future holds; But I do know what holds the future."-my little brother john michael

wow...this is very unique, in my face and shoves the truth before my eyes like a bulldoser. it makes absolute sense and i appreciate that you wrote this and put it up for me to read.