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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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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...
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.
Jacy-Lee said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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


writingchic said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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.
Lola_Black said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Oh my gosh, I cried reading this! Really makes me want to do something.
snaomi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

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

nai.n.n. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm
I totally agree! beautiful... truly inspiring!
. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm
***** 5 star for you perhaps 6
. said...
Jul. 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm
***** 5 star for you!
sashsinghz21 said...
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....
laughqueen96 said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm
wow, this made me tear. its beautiful.
foreverme143 said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm
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?
jazzy18 replied...
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
foreverme143 replied...
Jul. 7, 2011 at 8:43 am
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
Dragonfly_Girl said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Beautiful! Gave me chills! Horrible subject matter handled eloquently and movingly. The world needs more writers like you.
midniteprowl said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm
wow!! so deep. i like deep, weel thought-through, understandable writing pieces. keep it up
Ocean&&Sun said...
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?
DreamyJess said...
Jul. 6, 2011 at 11:07 am
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! 
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