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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ThePeaceDaisy said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm
This is so sad.. :'( children, or anyone for that matter, should not be treated this way.
kobie1kenobi said...
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.
xximjustmexx said...
Nov. 15, 2011 at 8:01 am
Great work. That really captured and summarized what our world has come to. 5/5
WhittyKitty This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2011 at 6:47 pm
WOW. Amazing
EscapeSanity said...
Oct. 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm
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!
Evelyn said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm
my friend evelyn apoko was a child soldier...
Gingersnap777 said...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 8:49 am
What world is it that we live in, to see such sights?  Excellent work.
breakingfree replied...
Oct. 24, 2011 at 10:26 pm
this is so REAL. i could see them, what their eyes were reflecting. BEAUTIFUL. really good.
whitetiger303 said...
Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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.
AngelHeart654 said...
Oct. 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm
GOOSEBUMPS!!!! I heard so much emotion n voice.
ConstellationN said...
Oct. 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm
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.
shapeshifter56 said...
Sept. 30, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Beautifully written. You captured so much emotion in your poem. It is truly wonderful and clearly illustrates the pain of a child soldier.
Toby said...
Sept. 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...
Bradymb94 replied...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 6:10 pm

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


DezyDee replied...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm
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!
BeachBum101 replied...
Sept. 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm
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
ashbash This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm
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. :)
SavannahMcKenna said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 11:32 am
this is awesomeee:) anyone should check out my stuff too
Shannon Y. said...
Sept. 10, 2011 at 7:05 am
this is great!! very well written
JSM1996 said...
Aug. 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm
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.
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