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The Red Tide

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The Red Tide

On every continent children are gleaned
for horrific deeds for few intervene;
terrified by brutality, often shunned,
the rabid rape of youth can't be undone.

Girls and boys stolen and sold as slaves
taken by force from our schools to graves,
fanatics with guns molest our girls for fun.
The rabid rape of youth can't be undone.

It has been so long since they've felt safe
small children behind high walls lose faith.
Sons and daughters martyred every one.
The rabid rape of youth can't be undone.

So parents protect your children from harm
run from the countries which incite alarm.
There's no wall built that can shield from a gun.
The rabid rape of youth can't be undone.

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  1. Date: 6/9/2014 9:54:00 AM
    Debbie, Congratulations, on your win in Cyndi's "HELPLESS, KYRIELLE CONTEST." take care -LINDA-

  1. Date: 6/6/2014 5:18:00 AM
    Good repeat line with some alliteration..Way to go with this top win..Congrats..Sara

  1. Date: 6/6/2014 4:21:00 AM
    SO glad to find out that this gem was yours cher!... When Cyndi started sending the entries to me, I commented several times about how much I liked the the 'unselfish' ones (Not about themselves but others) and this is a prime example...Many congrats - Tim

  1. Date: 6/5/2014 9:45:00 PM
    WELL Done on your win, Debs. Congrats to you.

  1. Date: 6/5/2014 8:43:00 AM
    Powerful write on the sad plight of children worldwide...congrats on the win

  1. Date: 6/5/2014 2:10:00 AM
    Perfect Kyrielle with apt take on the theme, congrats on a fine win, debbie

  1. Date: 6/4/2014 10:33:00 PM
    Perfect to the theme Debbie ! Sad to know world is so full of abuses,, wonderful masterpiece ,, congrats on win !

  1. Date: 6/4/2014 3:34:00 PM
    Great poem, Debbie, on a subject that is dear to my heart. This happens everywhere in the world...even in our lovely country, the USA.

  1. Date: 6/4/2014 1:53:00 PM
    So well done-- has a strong message and great flow. Congrats, hon, on the win. If only it were simple for those in such horrific conditions to simply pick up and run. The truth is that often the journey to a safer environment KILLS the child in the process for so many refugees. no water, no food and the trecks are soo long and grueling that children die on the road. There is so simple answer. It is awful to think there are millions of children subjected to such brutality. Solid write, this. HUG

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 6/4/2014 3:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I know it's not simple hon, but running is the solution for most who do get away. We are so lucky to have an infrastructure where we can move, in so many places there are no roads [in that you are very right] Ignorance doesn't help either. And if you die in the process of getting away at least you died trying for a better life not sitting there to be made a victim or a killer yourself.
    MacMillan Avatar Cyndi MacMillan
    Date: 6/4/2014 1:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry I think this was in the edition I mailed you (still waiting for the next edition) Irony: Me who is slow to judge contests is annoyed at CV2 for delaying their judging of THEIR contest June changed to July! Ha! Serves ME right (write?) ;)
  1. Date: 6/4/2014 12:30:00 PM
    From word one until your last line......... nightmare for everyone I am moved VERY Elly

  1. Date: 5/12/2014 10:26:00 PM
    Now there is a terrible situation in Nigeria which has echoes of your thoughtful work. Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 5/6/2014 9:01:00 PM
    Great topic to address, Deb! Happens here, too, not just in 3rd world countries. You are correct. It is a religious theme, if not specific to a particular religion. An ethical one in any case. Cheers, Roy

  1. Date: 5/4/2014 5:53:00 PM
    I have missed your lovely poetry! A pleasure to stop by

  1. Date: 5/3/2014 12:36:00 AM
    Strong and powerful words in this poem, Debs. A very good theme to discuss poetically. soupmail about your contest.

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 10:12:00 PM
    Well done my friend and so true it's a harsh shame of our modern times, it's a world full of harsh reality's that the young of our times have to face head on just to survive great work here enjoyed the wake up call but i see it everyday in my line of work, a little girl came into the store today and she had been crying, she was stumbling to walk and had blood on her white socks but i could do nothing but keep an eye on her grandmother just encase she did something to her within the store. CHERI

  1. Date: 5/2/2014 9:25:00 PM
    Unfortunately there is nowhere to wishes in the contest...hugs

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 5/2/2014 10:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and places that have no roads to run on! here in America we can run, and we have plenty of runaways [sigh]
  1. Date: 5/2/2014 5:51:00 PM
    that is a very powerful line, The rabid rape of youth can't be undone...I't's not only countries, it's parents, it's those in position of's the house down the street.. we live in a society that is sick, I'm glad I got to read this and sad it had to be written

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 5/2/2014 6:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    so true Fred
  1. Date: 5/2/2014 5:16:00 PM
    Nicely written and descriptive with approprate rhyming. I believe a true "kyrielle" write has the number of syllables limited to eight per line, and that it usually has a religious theme to it. Nevertheless, this is impressive.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 5/2/2014 6:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    yes you are correct, shame on me! I know the judges don't care about the religious aspect only that there's a repeated line BUT for me that is a religious warning refrain
  1. Date: 5/2/2014 4:04:00 PM
    Well done. Important message. You might like my Quatern called Vultures Feed.