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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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! 
HopeEternal9 said...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm
This is such an amazing poem. I would feel so happy and grateful if I was able to write like you. Please, please, please write more:) 
freeflow23 said...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 3:46 pm
I love how you didn't hold back when talking about a subject like this.
Eno-Bladz said...
Jun. 14, 2011 at 12:12 pm
:D wow i love this!!!!!
daydreamer22 said...
May 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Your poem is incredible, it made me tear up a bit. Excellent work 
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