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Sweatshop Sumei Dead

She was only three years old
When she was sold, forced to   
Enter a world of slavery, 
Amongst other children laboring,
To glue on buttons or “flair,” to
Sew pockets on shirts she’ll never wear, or
Hats she’ll never own, a clothing drone - for them,
Orders of greedy Americans, who
Pay pennies for her hands.

Sumei liked to feel the cloth move
Under her fingers, the smooth   
Material against her face, to 
Envision a world of beauty in lace,
Instead of her dirty working space.

Dreams of another life, of somehow
Escaping slowly trickled away, cowed by
Angry men, for quotas she couldn’t meet. So beat  
Dead, age thirteen.


1/20/12
Received 1st place in "Something Worth Fighting For" contest

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  1. Date: 3/22/2014 2:57:00 PM

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  1. Date: 3/15/2012 7:58:00 PM

    Congratulations on a well deserved win, speaking to a real problem in the world. We need to plant these seeds of change, lest children like Sumei are forgotten. May we never forget.

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 6:52:00 PM

    very powerful and tragic. a well-deserved win!

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 5:05:00 PM

    I'm SO glad this won, Susan. A much deserved win for a cause that deserves a lot of attention. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 4:10:00 PM

    All over the world this happens. Good job bringing it to light. Congrad's Light & Love

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 3:27:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in Frank's contest today!! Hooray!!! Hugs, Gail

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 1:58:00 PM

    Heartbreaking, because of the truth behind the poem. A worthy win is this, Susan....this is an honorable poem. Congratulations!

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 12:22:00 PM

    Congratulations on your super win in Frank H's contest Susan. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 11:52:00 AM

    Congrats Susan on your special winning poetry, touching write, hugs, vie

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 10:20:00 AM

    congrats.susan on the top placement.......~sashi

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 10:00:00 AM

    Congratulations Susan a fabulous win xx

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 9:42:00 AM

    congrats Susan on a fabulous first place win with this beautiful write luv.. exquisite thoughts..

  1. Date: 3/15/2012 8:51:00 AM

    Heart tearing and true. Thanks for bringing this to the forefront. Nothing will ever get done without these constant reminders. Congratulations on your win but mostly for your poem, Susan

  1. Date: 2/4/2012 3:51:00 PM

    I'd love to read this poem again as soon as you have given it your all just as little Sumei has done. This could be such a striking poem once you've polished it a bit more with that Susan Burch style and talent... After all the empathy that you harbour for these children sold into slavery is worth it. I have read some of your other works and I like the aura I get from your writing. What say you? At three years old She was sold And forced, into a world of slavery.

  1. Date: 1/28/2012 12:35:00 PM

    a sensitive subject and tremendous write3 Susan.. bringing awareness to light luv.. thankxx so much for my win and honoring Tainted Jars in your contest.. appreciate the luv..

  1. Date: 1/26/2012 7:41:00 PM

    how deeply moving, sue... so much injustice going on around this world and all seem to just care of things material.. wonderful food for the soul.. devastatingly beautiful!.:) huggs

  1. Date: 1/25/2012 1:24:00 PM

    I concur with Debbie, know one whats to hear about what is going on, it hits to close to home. many blessing and know that I will always read your wonderful work. thank you for your sad topic.

  1. Date: 1/25/2012 11:04:00 AM

    Such an important topic here and most don't care , don't want to know, don't care to see. I wrote on the children in the mines of Africa no one seemed much interested. [sunshine & lollipops & God seem to be the only things which get much read?] [Sue a couplet or two in a labeled meter is fine NO worries!] Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 12:28:00 PM

    Dear Susan, I hear these atrocities continue in some countries. What a sad story told in verse. My heart goes out to this young girl. I'm sorry I haven't been able to comment much. I have an illness and it is making it more difficult for me to type and concentrate. I'll try my best to stay active here. Awesome poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/22/2012 10:56:00 AM

    Thanks for your comments today .Susan. I probably can't do much today,but I am trying while I can.

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