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Child Soldiers MAG

March 13, 2008
By Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
Courtney Cyr BRONZE, Eaton, Colorado
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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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on Jan. 24 2010 at 10:05 am
alwayssunshine PLATINUM, Charlotte, North Carolina
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good job, so sad

Mostly_Dead said...
on Jan. 24 2010 at 12:40 am
Mostly_Dead, San Jose, California
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Favorite Quote:
"If you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies. It's run down the curtain and joined the quiet invisible. This is an ex-parrot!" (Monty Python)

This relates a lot to my father, who had to flee from Saigon during the Vietnam war. He was eight.

on Jan. 12 2010 at 8:18 am
chris brumfield, Warrenville, Illinois
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This is one of the best pems i've come across.This poem goes a lot deeper than just scratching the surface.

alexb31 said...
on Jan. 11 2010 at 8:44 am
this is true in our world today and some people dont see that. this was an excellent poem, you had a good choice of words and thoughts and put them together to make a great piece

kedsberry!! said...
on Jan. 8 2010 at 12:50 am
a standing applaud ... its wat u deserve! and a helping guidance is wat de CHILD SOILDERS deserve!!

Meera said...
on Jan. 2 2010 at 11:11 pm
Wow. The theme seemed a bit 'cliché' but it's actually very good, very moving.

on Jan. 2 2010 at 8:38 pm
Michellebrain GOLD, Brooklyn, New York
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Favorite Quote:
“A wise girl kisses but doesn't love, listens but doesn't believe, and leaves before she is left.”
-Marilyn Monroe

beautiful. can you read my poems i need feedback!

on Jan. 2 2010 at 1:33 pm
BritneyG. BRONZE, Glenwood Springs, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
“My life is like a coloring book with a page in the back you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid.”
~My Dad :)

Is this about the "Invisible Children"?

reesha SILVER said...
on Jan. 2 2010 at 1:14 pm
reesha SILVER, Rawalpindi, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Walt Disney

"Hakuna Matata!"
Lion King

"The British policy was 'unite and conquer'. But I say 'unite and conquer'."
Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea)

What are u talking about?!?!??! This poem is amazing! How she's able to describe everything just by the look in their eyes is pure genius!

on Dec. 18 2009 at 10:00 am
ilovetinkerbell GOLD, Raytown, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Be yourself!!!

Great job on this. I love it.

Tink

DAMIA PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 16 2009 at 4:13 pm
DAMIA PLATINUM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." and my other fav. "The best come to those who wait."

I know. And I am thankful that they have people fighting and looking out for them. And I agree, I am a big supporter, and I want to be one of the people who helps save those kids.

on Dec. 15 2009 at 5:15 pm
josie1314 PLATINUM, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul!" -Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

But you gotta think, despite all the pain that it is, there are people willing to help these kids, and I want to be one of them.

DAMIA PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 15 2009 at 2:01 pm
DAMIA PLATINUM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." and my other fav. "The best come to those who wait."

Yeah I know right! It's really sad.

on Dec. 13 2009 at 8:16 pm
josie1314 PLATINUM, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul!" -Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

I know! It just proves how sad the world is.

DAMIA PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 12 2009 at 6:15 pm
DAMIA PLATINUM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." and my other fav. "The best come to those who wait."

Yeah. I know what you mean. Same with my school. I really hope that Invisible Children succeeds in helping these kids. It's not fair to the children and their families. No one should be treated like that.

on Dec. 12 2009 at 4:21 pm
josie1314 PLATINUM, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul!" -Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

I understand what you mean, and that's why they're trying to raise awareness. My school was like in tears when they came.

DAMIA PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 12 2009 at 4:01 pm
DAMIA PLATINUM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." and my other fav. "The best come to those who wait."

Yeah, I thought so too. I was very shocked to hear about it, because honestly I had never heard about it before they came. I had no idea that any of that was happening. It's really terrible, and I really hope that those children get the help they need.

on Dec. 12 2009 at 11:06 am
josie1314 PLATINUM, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without my life, I cannot live without my soul!" -Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights

YESS!! They came to our school too, and I thought they were very inspiring

ask why said...
on Dec. 11 2009 at 11:01 pm
this poem may be about a powerful topic but i don't believe the writing deserves all the praise that people are giving it.

DAMIA PLATINUM said...
on Dec. 11 2009 at 7:09 pm
DAMIA PLATINUM, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." and my other fav. "The best come to those who wait."

I know about Invisible Children. Two people from the organization came to my school and told us all about it. And the whole school signed the petition to save these children.


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