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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.

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ulitim@te said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 10:24 pm:
I really enjoyed to poem!! I find it funny that I have just completed a story on the same subject:) Honestly (I am not a poet) but I did like it! Especially the 'Eye that should be learning' part
 
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VWordsmith This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:36 pm:
To be honest, it's fairly amateur. Although the topic is a powerful one, I would have liked it if you used a more atypical angle or more sophisticated diction.
 
mgraves This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm :
Agreed.  I think this is a very powerful subject and one that merits more description.  Particularly in poems, showing is as important as telling.
 
Alexandrietteia replied...
Feb. 2, 2011 at 8:58 pm :
True...better diction would be key here...overall very powerful and worthwhile though
 
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Nick121 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 7:50 pm:
nice very powerful
 
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KiyokoThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm:
 This is nice. I especially like "irreplaceable innocence" That's a good line. If you wouldn't mind, I'd appreciate it if you would check out my work!
 
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jen123 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm:
this i can see when i read it...it tells a true story that most people can belive..i can understand the hurt and the aggresivness to this poem...this is a very sad poem but strong.
 
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ellie315 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 3:39 pm:
This seems kind of amateur. I like the idea of through their eyes, but it's kind of wordy and just sounds like any old poem by a teenager.
 
Katie16 replied...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm :
I kind of agree with you. I also don't like the fact that you said "men who see no hope in their goverment." Are you talking about the Military?
 
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starstruck15 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 10:16 am:
It breaks my heart, but in the way it's meant too..
 
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Lonewolf1213 said...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 9:18 am:
This is brilliant! So glad you got published; this is one of the best pieces I've read! Amazing job.
 
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jhduysdg said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 10:44 am:

This is rlly sadd and touching, and its amazingly good. 

 

 
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dfadF said...
Jan. 7, 2011 at 10:43 am:
omg that was soo good but really sad i like almost cried
 
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BrendansLeadingLady said...
Jan. 3, 2011 at 1:52 pm:
Il y a tres symathique.
 
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Icy96This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm:
This is so true and sad. I can't help but always keep these kids in mind any time I take something for granted. In America, we have so much just without asking for it. These kids see none of that, couldn't even begin to imagine the easy, lavish-by-comparison lifestyle that we live. I'm glad someone finally adressed this issue in a way that recieves the proper amount of attention. Thank you, keep writing.
 
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skoppy355 said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm:
Wow, I'm really impressed.  Good poem addressing a real issue.
 
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katiikat said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm:
This is beautiful, and sadly true
 
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zhlenThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 11:37 am:
this is just so deep... i luved it
 
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L3on2309 said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 8:35 am:
the first poem i ever read on this website... wow ... it's just amazing.
 
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JonniK said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 7:31 am:
wow this poem is just..wow
 
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