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Child Abuse

Wales 980 BC, Sierra Leone, Congo,Niger, Peru, India, Pakistan, Russia, China & Philippines 

Chapped scabbed skin, dirt encrusted, blue-pallid in the moonlight;
stars glow radiant light, wolf howl midnight.
Insects stir, skin scratch, tangled hair amass
naked ,as born, rise; the bore hole calls, days task.

Cracked like a seagulls eggs, the cave’s opening calls.
The gold-red-green copper metal's worth all,
child moles, mother moles, dwarfs small, crawl;
between the crevasse in the knocker's wall.

Three hand spans wide, a mere two foot tall;
oil burns in claywells, soot coats on dirty faces,
through rankness they squirm, hands on bone awls;
naked children, and women mine in these places 

for raw metal to make the weapons of man.

In before dawn, baskets full, haul, out at dusk, no sun at all....
melt the metal, make, maul,
for the warriors, our defense, hunger gnaws, this makes no sense….

Grease fills the air beyond despair, stench fills each venous vein;
contorted forms, of those small, helpless, born, fills the shunt with continual pain.

From the dawn of time, this drama's had play,
one hundred and fifty eight million children; slaves today.
Women and children sacrificed so men can get paid.

*sorry topic deserves more than 16 lines

Copyright © Debbie Guzzi

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  1. Date: 2/14/2014 10:06:00 AM
    Sad, but the good old USA doesn't get involved in places like Sierra Leone because they have no natural resources we want. You are right. This topic deserves a lot more attention.

  1. Date: 5/27/2013 5:31:00 PM
    This is awesome Debbie, I see that you won as well ;}

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:42:00 PM
    D G this is a very touching subject. Many will read this and relate to this kind of abuse or other forms of abuse. God, bless us all, especially the one's who found the strength in knowing we are not alone..... Congratulations, in Susan's "ABUSE" contest... Goodnight **PD

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:35:00 PM
    Congratulations, *Luv ~ SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:26:00 PM
    Congratulations Debbie, Very deep poem, enjoyed reading it again. Love Terry xoxo

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:15:00 PM
    You have penned on a topic of social relevance.Congratulations, Debbie

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:41:00 PM
    An amazing subject, message and well deserving win Debbie...thank you.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 5:41:00 PM
    powerful write...congrats on your win

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 9:47:00 AM
    An outstanding poem and dedication my dear friend Deb! I love this soo much! You're a great poet indeed! A super winner for me. Thank you so much for sharing and your wonderful comments on my poem, Sea In Life. I'm so sorry if I've missed your contest and the late to reply because I've been home for almost 2wks. I'm so honored and grateful for your invitation and for appreciating my poem. More blessings to you! love and big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 11:58:00 AM
    a really compelling write that digs into the pain of life's relaity.. it happens here in my side of the world... thanks too for my slot in your contest; much appreciated, debbie..:) hugggs

  1. Date: 5/12/2013 6:08:00 AM
    Deb, as you know, our gov't drones kill about a dz. Children/day in strikes in our fight against "terror" in addition to thousands incinerated in our glamorous "Shock and Awe" bombing in Baghdad a few yrs. back.....yet...slowly...very slowly....people are beginning to understand the globalist plutocrats who control our press brainwash us with pablum...keeping us docile.....good write....jimbo

    Maverick Avatar Joe Maverick
    Date: 5/12/2013 11:08:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Well Its impossible to fool people forever as you so rightly put James; But to what ends are their efforts?? It cannot be the better standing of western countries In the there evil that blinds them to multiply/compound suffering??
  1. Date: 5/12/2013 12:14:00 AM
    Such inhumanity, Debs. and on and on it goes. Where it stops nobody knows. (thanks for my win in your contest)

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 4:33:00 PM
    Debbie :-). Have yourself a wonderful and lovely Mother's Day. Lots of Luv & Hugs *Linda

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 1:42:00 PM
    Your postscript indeed.......rings so true. There are never enough words to express the horrors that go on in the world, .... while the world too often turns an eye. This indeed is the worst kind of abuse.

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 10:28:00 AM
    A pertinent issue and a valid point there, great .. Let me btw record my gratitude to you for placing my 'Earth' so high in your contest, a poem I thought would be dumped..I feel so honored, Deb!! Jag

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 12:05:00 AM
    A shocking write here Debbie, If Hillary Clinton is still head of foreign affairs?? I think this is something that she should look into.. yes mankind has a lot to answer for..' I believe abortion is even a lifestyle is wearing gold or silver; although the economic climate may be putting a stop to that..still its good you raise this issue where abouts is the place?? Joe..)

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 7:03:00 PM
    Hi Debbie, I want to thank you so so much for honoring my poem, it is so nice of you, and I really do appreciate your choosing me. I am honored to be in your contest. Thank you have a great weekend. Love Terry xoxo

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 3:57:00 PM
    Debbie a tremendous heartfelt poem. Thanks for sharing this issue. It's sad but so true. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 3:46:00 PM
    Debbie, thanks for reminding us. Child labor is still a very real issue. Thinking of them in those mines just made me feel so despondent. A better day is coming, but it sure would be nice if something could be down about their plight in the here and now! Wonderful write.'re right..16 lines are not enough.

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 3:10:00 PM
    You did an exceptional job condensing a subject matter that deserves our full attention, you are showing up yours skills as a writer and also your compassionate human side, beautifully rendered, sending my love and hugs xxx