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Pay The Cost

They came so undone
To a journey not yet begun
United forces,shackled feet
City life from a back street

They all lived too fast
Thought they were unsurpassed
Visious circles,lives incomplete
Til they faced lifes`just a big cheat

Inside my heart is breaking
Something slowly building..aching
We`ve not yet lived and learned
Until the day we mess up and get burned

The urge to be free and wild
Led them to a dark side of life..reviled
Ultimate freedom forever lost
Now they`re let alone to pay the cost

June 23rd 2012

Inspired after seeing the streetchildren in Romania.Seeking shelter from the
cold down in the sewer systems beneath the streets..The youngest of them couldn`t had been much more 5 years old..

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  1. Date: 7/29/2012 5:26:00 PM
    Wow! So many people don't see!! much love to you Arild x :)

  1. Date: 6/30/2012 12:00:00 PM
    Unbelievably hearbreaking tale, Arild...great piece of work - Tim

  1. Date: 6/28/2012 3:03:00 PM
    I have heard of this wretched situation 15 years back or so Arild and in the back of my mind I thought there must have been some improvement for them this is a truly disgraceful situation..! I hope that this write is effective in raising the awareness of their plight.

  1. Date: 6/27/2012 10:26:00 AM
    So many lost children who disappear in the sad horrors we manage to give them. I really was touched with your words Arild; wonder if you were there and saw this. Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 12:13:00 PM
    Hi Arild very beautiful words about a pitiful plight, all the best Owen

  1. Date: 6/26/2012 1:34:00 AM
    A gripping write on the sad reality of life currently Arild.. I love how you ended it as well. You just highligted the plight of these children in Romania and so many all over the world.. Hope your week is a great one. Thank you for liking my avatar :) love & hugs CTC

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 9:42:00 PM
    An amazing write from you Arild. Thanks for sharing your heartfelt poem and bringing attention to the awful reality of the children you observed. It seems like a worldwide tragedy. So many of them are sold in to prostitution or slavery. Very sad...on a happier note, I hope you and Anne-Lise have a great vacation. Love and Blessings, Rhonda

  1. Date: 6/25/2012 2:24:00 PM
    i missed you arild.. a poignant piece, a sad slice of life... but to me... music to the ear! profound on many levels... did one on a street child too!.. how are you?.. hugggs and more!

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 6:31:00 PM
    A heart-rending poem, Arild. Must have been hard to bear.

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 5:00:00 PM
    so sorry Arild.. I did mean David with that last comment on the contest luv.. trying to rush and get much in during beach time.. u are a gem ..

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 12:51:00 PM
    Very heartbreaking indeed, Arild! This scene is quite common over here as well-- and then you also know of corrupt government officials. Shucks, where is the justice, huh? What's even sadder is the parents of these kids actually expect their children to be the ones to bring home some money. Sad indeed. And thank you for passing by my limerick :) That is so cool that you & Anne-Lise have a Filipina friend :D! Tell her I said "Ingat lagi!" that's "Take care always!" hugs to you and Anne-Lise :D

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 6:26:00 PM
    Heartbreaker, Arild. REminding me of the little boys in Brazil and so many other countries where this kind of thing happens. I can see how it affected you. (as for baths, why the heck did you change for a shower? Geeeez)

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 6/24/2012 4:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes it is a heartbreaker,but I still think it is important never to close our eyes towards reality.I mean,even if it hurts.(oh about the baths,lol-none was ever using it anymore,just took up alot of space:-) ja,ja..
  1. Date: 6/23/2012 5:15:00 PM
    hand is a little numb now and then.. poor ciculation .. getting old I guess luv.. new fingers in October now planned but Summer is free for me..

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 5:14:00 PM
    deeply touching and sensitive writer David luv.. such tragedies for thes poor souls to endure.. u have expressed with emotion so grand .. tugs at the heartstrings.. we visit children in hospitals and that is sad enough but this is worse.. thankxx for sharing.. am working on a poem for your creative challenge too..oh time is not enough ..

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 4:34:00 PM
    Touching write from a heart of gold my brother. We leave on the weeee hours of Monday morn. Wow would of been amazing to be there at the same time!! Hope your well my friend. And once again this is over the top!! Very very good !!! See u in the funny papers!! Michael

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 2:17:00 PM
    This topic set my heart full of saddness..This exist in our own country as well in some large cities..No child or adult should have to live that way..Sara

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 12:40:00 PM
    This is so very often we're caught up in the grief of children closer to home, but reading your profound verse reminds us that no children are exempt from the scourge. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Arid.. God bless. Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 12:01:00 PM
    Whoa,,,it's been well over 20 days since your last posting, bro...Glad to know you are safely traveling..I know these images of impoverished children really got to ya...You'd take every one of them out to breakfast if you could, right?. Astonishing scene. Really. Glad u are surfing this day...stay safe...gwendolen

    Ertsland Avatar Arild Andresen Ertsland
    Date: 6/23/2012 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I would indeed..! Heartbreaking sceneries to see them sniffing glue and solvents to get their high..
  1. Date: 6/23/2012 8:28:00 AM
    Such a sad story. You did a wonderful job putting it to rhyme, Arild. Love, Kim

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 8:16:00 AM
    Oh, Arild, this is so sad. I just can't imagine those tender children down in the sewer. There is so much going on in our world, that I am just unaware of. Lovely poem. PS- why don't you join the and come and do battle with us. it involves many forms of poetry from Free verse to slam to sonnets. Take a look. hugs, Catie :)