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A Bit of Both: Boy Soldier

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A Bit of Both: Boy Soldier

A Bit of Both: Boy Soldier

Life a bit of both
I do hate or loath;
For, pursuit of boon
Turned me a goon.

I grew in need
Of garb and feed
In want I lived
In pain I thrived.

Scarce was I praised
In pain was raised
Deprived of Love
I ran to the grove.

I longed for Peace
I missed e’en a piece
Gun; support stuff
Gun tang my snuff.

Do I know father
Do I know mother
I never wore a napkin
Real hide my skin-
Crawling from womb 
Direct to the tomb!

Do I know Sister
Besides all so sinister
Brother is this lad
Friend in the fad
If going Home I mull
He’ll break my skull

•	Compelling or luring children to join “adult wars” is a Social Anathema all must abhor.


06th Nov’ 2013

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  1. Date: 11/15/2013 6:31:00 PM
    Very nice... the world's gone nuts... or perhaps it's always been nuts... but one day we may recover... Terry (great poem)

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 10:30:00 AM
    sad and powerful words!

    Matose Avatar Joseph Matose
    Date: 11/6/2013 11:54:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Good Day Ilene. I'm gladeyou read this poem. We talk more about child labour and less about child soldiers which is almost one and the same; only that it's worst! Thanks for the encouraging comment. I promise to visit your site soon. Friend JM