Child Soldiers This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

March 13, 2008
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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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Sabers30 said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm
I love this poem. It is really sad but so true. It really makes you think about how good of a life we have compared to them. 
sierradelrae16 said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 8:24 am
I love it! It's inspiring and encouraging!:)
sierradelrae16 said...
Sept. 18, 2012 at 8:23 am
I love this poem. Yes it may be sad, however it let's us have an insight on how they were feeling. It shows that they are strong and courageous.:)
Ga-GahKayMarie said...
Aug. 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm
I read a lot of bad comments but I must say they are wrong I liked this poem it was raw and written to me nicely, I dont know how qualified I am to judge but I liked it :)
albinotiger said...
Jun. 24, 2012 at 8:40 am
wow its sad, true, and inspireing.
Daniii said...
May 31, 2012 at 4:37 pm
Super inspirational. So well written!
Adi-heid said...
May 9, 2012 at 2:53 pm
This is so amazing! I really love it!
Katie-jo said...
May 9, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Awesome! Loved it!
squirreljedi said...
May 9, 2012 at 10:29 am
WOW! This poem is amazing. Really puts things in perspective
Gothica295 said...
May 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

Very amazing poem! <3 Sad, though.

My English class just finished reading a book about a child soldier. Have you ever read A Long Way Gone?

rainbowmermaid said...
May 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm
amazing but sad i read about child soldiers and it made me cry so this was hard to read
kiwi said...
May 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm
you got some geat creative idioms!!!!!!!!! and how u used your metaptor!!!! awsome job!
JMuglia said...
Apr. 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm
Wow, that was amazing! I loved the detail you added and the emotions you put into the poem. The word choice was perfect.
maddyhatter said...
Apr. 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm
i havent cried in nearly a year but that just started the waterworks
AlliterationAce said...
Apr. 17, 2012 at 11:32 am
I hate to think about what those little kids must go through... Their childhood gets ripped from their grasp. Someone needs to put atop to it. And your words are making an impact. Keep up the good work.
AnimalLover2 said...
Mar. 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm
Beautiful poem
Let-Love-In said...
Feb. 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm
touching, i'm almost in tears. no child should have to experience that. but an amazing poem.
mammothfrk said...
Feb. 11, 2012 at 10:37 am
Its inspirational
Michaela M. said...
Jan. 30, 2012 at 11:06 pm
wow all this and more is true the way you wrore this poem makes us truly understand what these people are going through.this poem says so much, the words that you wrote are chalenging writers them self to write what they feel
kate12345me said...
Jan. 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm
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
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