Child Slave in Ghana MAG

October 23, 2009
By chellygen SILVER, Lynbrook, New York
chellygen SILVER, Lynbrook, New York
5 articles 1 photo 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, and you can never go wrong.
- The Sandlot -


It's cold and it's dark
And I have to jump in the water
The thought of this being my very last breath haunts my mind
As the icy cold breath of death touches the back of my neck

I have to jump in the water
And I know I have lived the expression, blood, sweat and tears
The marks on my back show just how hard I work
Work that has lasted for years

One meal a day just isn't enough
And I count those hours until I can eat again
These hours are starting to mock me now
And I can't wait to get back in the den
So I can eat again

The thought of my family fades
They aren't here when I shed a tear
When it rolls down my cheek
Off my chin, down my neck
Wishing it would be wiped away
By the hand of my mother

I have learned to wipe away that tear on my own
To not even wait for it to roll down my cheek
Still hoping that their hands will be there
To wipe it away one day

Every time I jump in the water
My heart begins to pound like a stone being hit by a hammer
And I dream of freedom, a secure blanket that lies on me
Filled with love, hope and peace

One day as dawn touches my eyes
A hand touches my shoulder
And a voice says, “Come with me, child,
it is all over.”


The author's comments:
My charity "One is Greater Than None" that me and seven of my friends started 2 years ago has raised over $120,000.00 to help rescue children from the fishing trade slavery in Ghana, Africa. We were inspired to "do something, do anything" when we saw an episode on Oprah. Check out our website @ www.oneisgreaterthannone.org

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on Jun. 3 2010 at 6:31 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
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Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

I read this and was saddened by the words until the end. It really told a story, a dismal one. But the finish showed that their was hope. Great poem!

on Jun. 1 2010 at 4:22 pm
TheSummoningFreak PLATINUM, Lugoff, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
if you can never let yourself fall you'll never know what it's like to love

fantasic!! i love it

karenlee said...
on Nov. 19 2009 at 6:48 pm
How is it possible not to cry when you read this poem? I love every word of it.

on Nov. 10 2009 at 4:06 pm
this poem gives me chills! awesome job :)

e. mantikas said...
on Nov. 7 2009 at 11:53 am
This poet is truly gifted!

jplanet said...
on Nov. 7 2009 at 11:04 am
along with the poet, i feel my heart pound!!!

on Nov. 7 2009 at 11:01 am
chellygen SILVER, Lynbrook, New York
5 articles 1 photo 2 comments

Favorite Quote:
Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, and you can never go wrong.
- The Sandlot -

This poem shows the darkness but also the hope...


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