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Toy Soldiers

Four Toy soldiers

Four tiny men who did survive
Held onto one another staying alive

At night the door would open and the big shadow appeared
Night beatings were something all four came to fear

Their mother was passed out... drunk in her bed
She had visited her friend Jack Daniel's instead 

She was the Toy soldiers mother a alcoholic one
Who slept with the abusive lover for entertainment and fun.

He made the Toy soldiers fear for their life
Under their pillows for protection one had hidden a knife
Night after night sometimes for weeks
They stood at attention and deprived of sleep

The plan was to attack the big shadow each one agreed
But when the shadow appeared there was a stampede 

They hid undercover..some hid under their beds
The others pulled blankets up over their heads

Enough is enough one of them said
We're tired of hiding under our beds

Toy soldiers should be playing like other kids do
Why should we have to listen to you

No protection for the troops from a stone drunk mother
Who kept control of the soldiers with her Sadistic lover

When weeks turned to months it became quite clear
What had happened to the mother few loved so dear

As the Toy soldiers grew older into young men
They found out their mother had reached a dead end

When it was told to them that she had died
Only one of the Toy soldiers began to cry

These Toy Soldiers are not as close as they used to be
One soldier was laid to rest unfortunately

This is a childhood story no one wants to hear or see
One of those Toy soldiers just happened to be me.


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  1. Date: 5/6/2014 8:16:00 AM
    Very emotive and informative work that I am glad that you shared for everyone needs to know that this kind of life stil exists for many in our country..I am glad that I chose this one today..Sara

    Pickard Avatar William Pickard
    Date: 5/6/2014 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Sara, By the way..which poem do I have the type o spelling? Thanks for pointing out. I will correct.