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Child of War

Child of War

A Poem by Debra Stevens Edwards (debby)

Child of War

 

Bombs explode, guns being fired

No peace at sleep always so tired

Killing and death always around

Children startled by every sound

 

Child of war

Cry no more

Fighting has ceased

Sleep in peace

 

The streets are now a battle ground

Listen to the sirens as shots abound

Drugs and drive-byes killing our youth

Gangs are winning the war, that the truth

 

Child of war

Cry no more

Fighting has ceased

Sleep in peace

 

Can’t walk the streets now safely at night

You lock all windows and doors real tight

Even when at school they are still in danger

Living in fear of everyone even a neighbor

 

Child of war

Cry no more

Fighting has ceased

Sleep in peace

 

Will we ever find peace again in this life?

Or still suffer from fear, killing and strife?

Can’t we get back to Gods loving way?

Or will it take a bullet that’s gone astray?

 

Child of war

Cry no more

Your fighting’s ceased

SO REST IN PEACE

 

2/22/2009

By Debra Edwards

 

© 2009 Debra Stevens Edwards (debby)


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Dear friend, it was difficult for me to review this poem. I have at time nightmares on the same subject. One clear memory : Many military camps in my home town at the end of the War, I'm 4 or early 5, I was with my brothers and sisters, the camp was American (Remember I'm just a little french girl) we made our way through wires, into the camp, next we inter into a army bus, I remember the big white star painted on the hood of the bus. We hear people talking near the open door (they are speaking English, one soldier is black, new to me)Maybe looking for us, the whole scene squared me so much, we are in the back hiding with a finger on our mouth. Luckily they left. My poem is Recurrent Nightmares. Your poem is A great write. God Bless........Annie

Posted 10 Years Ago


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wow this is the best anti war/violence poem i've read in this site.It is very sad and real .Yet very inspiring defintly deserves a 100.

Posted 10 Years Ago


Very smooth to follow so very nicely wrote and oh so true!!!!

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Dear friend, it was difficult for me to review this poem. I have at time nightmares on the same subject. One clear memory : Many military camps in my home town at the end of the War, I'm 4 or early 5, I was with my brothers and sisters, the camp was American (Remember I'm just a little french girl) we made our way through wires, into the camp, next we inter into a army bus, I remember the big white star painted on the hood of the bus. We hear people talking near the open door (they are speaking English, one soldier is black, new to me)Maybe looking for us, the whole scene squared me so much, we are in the back hiding with a finger on our mouth. Luckily they left. My poem is Recurrent Nightmares. Your poem is A great write. God Bless........Annie

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I second your plea for a return to peace and harmony in the world or has that ever existed, don't think so but I long for the day. A very moving and current work for our times.

Posted 10 Years Ago


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Absolutely amazing I'm adding it to my reading list. This poem is so deep and very true it had me at tears� amazing write

Just one thing in the last line of the third stanza I think "that" should be "that's"�

Voice


Posted 10 Years Ago


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I assume you are talking about Children that are in the war? Can you imagine what life must be like for them, living in literal fear every single day of their lives? I can't. Never knowing when their lives or that of their parents or other family members may end. My heart goes out to them. Every single one of them have got to have PTSS.

I love how you used repetition in this piece and thought it was really effective in driving your point home.

Child of war

Cry no more

Your fighting's ceased

SO REST IN PEACE

Leaves one with a sense of sadness, but this is reality...

An excellent write, Debby! :-) Well done...

Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


Child of war

Cry no more

Your fighting's ceased

SO REST IN PEACE

This stanza is recurring through your poem. Is this a
theoretical death of a child that has occurred in a war zone,
in your neighborhood, or is this an actual, real life friend,
relative or neighbor ?

There is someting I am missing here. What is missing may very
well be in my mind, or lack of it. I just have to read this again
by light of day. That in itself tells me that you have created
a very creditable piece of poetry.

Your poem may be about conditions that I am just not aware of.
The last few child killings that made national headlines, were the
result of dysfunctional family. I don`t know.

------Eagle Cruagh





Posted 10 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


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Debra Stevens Edwards (debby)
Debra Stevens Edwards (debby)

Long Beach, CA



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I am a single parent of six daughters. I write as a release of emotions I'm feeling. At times I write to entertain my girls or just because I have something to say. My goal is to publish a book of .. more..

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