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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.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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beccawrites94 said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 5:20 pm
This poem reminds me of an organization that is trying to prevent the abuse of child soldiers, Invisible Children. You really described everything well and I am glad that is was published. We need to get the word out about what is happening to kids our age and some much younger.
josie1314 replied...
Dec. 13, 2009 at 8:16 pm
I know! It just proves how sad the world is.
DAMIA replied...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm
Yeah I know right! It's really sad.
josie1314 replied...
Dec. 15, 2009 at 5:15 pm
But you gotta think, despite all the pain that it is, there are people willing to help these kids, and I want to be one of them.
DAMIA replied...
Dec. 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm
I know. And I am thankful that they have people fighting and looking out for them. And I agree, I am a big supporter, and I want to be one of the people who helps save those kids.
Boogaleaf said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm
This is an amazing poem. I love the truth behind it and how heartfelt the theme is. I really enjoy poems that have real life themes and current issues of the world. Your style is great, too.
debbieeee said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 10:49 am
This reminds me of Emimen's song "Toy Soldier" even though it has nothing to do with it. I really enjoyed reading this. It was a great poem. It's sad to know that everything that is written above is actually true.
Jimmy_flash said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 8:07 am
great poem its really sad that childern have to go through things like that its a shame for anyone to have to experince anything like this but life sucks ):
AnnHenn said...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 6:42 am
I would love to know the story behind this. I live in a country with many such children, an you have described them perfectly. Well done!
thesilverrose said...
Dec. 4, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Wonderful work. It's very sad, but yet unfortunatly true.
ilovetinkerbell said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Great job. I LOVE IT... Keep up the great work. oh, and by the way congrats on having it published in the magazine.
JonasLover89 said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 12:22 pm
So sad, and it's very true. We discussed it last year in social sciences, and it was difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that boys my age were tossing bombs and not baseballs, girls were tying helmets on their head and not bows in their hair...
jmc.13This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 9:50 am
I loved this. It is beautifully powerful work, and managed to capture the essence of sadness extremely well.
Fantastic job!
ariwrites94 said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 8:39 am
wonderful poem! you are a talented writer!!! keep up the jaw-dropping work :) oh yeah if you have time could you maybe read, comment, and rate my poem called "Sensitive Am I?" Thanx. :)
starz&hearts4ever said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 8:35 am
great poem.I see a lot of truth behind it.
shywriter said...
Nov. 19, 2009 at 5:41 am
Amazing, keep writing!!
ray1169 said...
Nov. 7, 2009 at 9:31 am
I LOVE IT... dont ever stop writing.... you're to good to stop
bamboom212 said...
Nov. 1, 2009 at 9:17 pm
Wow, unbelievable. This poem really got to me. I personally have no talent in poetry, but this is amazing. Keep up the awesome work!! I wanna read more!! :P
sobel95 said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 11:19 pm
"Eyes that seem to have run out of tears, because crying never helped." That part really spoke to me. Keep up the great work!
geezlike said...
Oct. 28, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Yes, it's a fantastic poem, but I don't think it was written to get personal compliments...child soldiers are true and their lives are destroyed along with those of their families. It is usually the youth of the world that stands up and demands that things change. How can we stand together to stop this kind of abuse of innocence and youth in our world?
mutekid016 replied...
Dec. 11, 2009 at 8:09 am
Yea kids are the future, why are we fighting wars at our age? We should stop this.
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