We Forgot a Country and Missed a Generation

January 8, 2009
By Will Thorman, Oakville, ZZ

The panic gripped bodies
Chains and shackles anchored ships
Winds shattered minds
Children screamed beneath the whips

The sounds were muffled by the fear
It was real it was near

Frozen below the ancient rock
They stood still like stone
But shine like marble

Precious were their hearts
But no one could see them through the shadows

Genocides and wars
Routine like second nature

So hold your lungs
Don’t shift your eyes

For fear can change the faces
But the face of fear will still remain
In our hearts
And in these places

The author's comments:
This poem was inspired by a video, "Invisible Children". The children are forced to hide their emotions, for it is said to be a sign of weakness. They cannot show vulnerability to the,'rebels' even through the constant fear and torment they face day to day.

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