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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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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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zhlen 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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TuffGurl said...
Dec. 20, 2010 at 6:25 am:
You should read Not For Sale. It's about human trafficking, and in the book there's a chapter on Child Soldiers. What they have experienced... it's bone chilling. It makes you want to cry. And they had no choice -- if they tried to run away, they'd be beaten to death. The army in Uganda, LRA, is horrible. To become part of the LRA you must kill someone and lick their blood. It's horrible, and CHILDREN do that. We must stop human trafficking all around the world; there's even human traffic... (more »)
 
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SReid said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 9:15 pm:
You did a great job! Keep up the good work.
 
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writinglover24 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 6:45 pm:
This is SO touching!
 
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Ryalynn said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm:
this is as sad as true, children go through a lot that the world doesnt even see......some day i will help like i do now
 
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WindDancer said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm:

This is so sad. You did a beautiful job.

 

It's so terrible. How could someone do that to a child?

 
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bubblyblonde57 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 1:55 pm:
That was so deep, i thought the one poem i submitted was good but reading this makes me think twice about what i'm writing. That was amazing.
 
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lexxichick13 said...
Nov. 28, 2010 at 1:48 am:
i loveed this poem being a writer my self i caught it very inspiring and moving
 
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xXvannieXx said...
Nov. 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm:
This poem made me want to cry. It's very powerful
 
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flagg said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 9:57 pm:
that is ture.our heart will have shallow
 
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redhairCat This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm:

Great! I loved it! 

Hey. could you check out some of my work, please?

 

 
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xXnew_revolutionXx said...
Nov. 6, 2010 at 11:29 am:

Wow- I loved it. It's just so true

Is this about the Child Soldiers in Uganda/Congo by chance?- the LRA and Joseph Kony?

 
TuffGurl replied...
Jan. 11, 2011 at 2:57 pm :
the LRA and the Child Soldiers are in Uganda with Joseph Kony. You should read Not For Sale, it's about human trafficking all around the world and there's a long chapter about the LRA and Child Soldiers in Uganda.
 
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CHEERspirit said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 9:22 pm:
i really like it! your words speek the truth and the world needs more of that. keep going the world needs you :)
 
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CammyLashay said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 8:35 pm:
its an kind if sad poem but its the truth...love it
 
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Soccergirl15 said...
Oct. 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm:
This poem is great. It was very touching
 
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