Do You Know the Forgotten?

Today’s post is going to be a little different. It might be a little intense. At least, I hope it is. I’m getting it in late today because I was at a marching band competition all day, so I’ve had all day to think about it. Today is Day 11 of my OctPoWriMo Challenge. I knew the minute I saw the email that this was going to hurt.  Today’s challenge was to free write for ten minutes about child advocacy. I don’t know if mine fits. However, this is what I thought when I read those words. I am including links at the bottom of this post so that you can make this world a better place for children. I encourage you to visit them and help these kids.I am not going to post the extra second poem to catch up because I feel this one is more important. I will post it tomorrow instead. Thank you.

xo Jesi

 

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The Forgotten

By Jessica Scott

 

In the eyes of the Forgotten

A stale crust of bread is a meal,

Dirt-colored water fills your cup,

And home is a cardboard box filled with roaches.Syrian-refugee-child-food

 

In the eyes of the Forgotten

Men come to rape your innocence

And brutalize your body,

Then do it all over again the next day.

 

In the eyes of the Forgotten

Your mother is dead, your father is gone;

Your sister is dying, and you may be next

because there aren’t any medicines to be had.

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In the eyes of the Forgotten

You aren’t allowed to read,

Or write or think or speak.

You die before you ever live.

And no one cares if you do.

 

The truth is seen through the eyes of the Forgotten.

 

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