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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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Jesi Kay
Jesi Kay, poet and aspiring novelist, was born in the Texas panhandle where wide skies, lazy summer days, and rolling thunderstorms sparked her imagination and left lasting memories in her blood. An early reader, poetry and mythology were her passions. So much so that when she was ten years old her step-father gave her his college mythology textbooks to read, which were full of classic poetry and more than enough tales to fill her romantic and inquisitive nature. Jesi loves reading, art, going to the theater, the romanticism of the Victorian era (but not the missing conveniences of indoor plumbing and central air conditioning), running when the heat and humidity cooperate, and cold weather so she can wear her favorite boots and knitwear. Also, she still has those college mythology textbooks, a little worse for wear over time but still intact and telling their stories to her. Jesi is a contributor at The Well Tempered Bards blog and at www.octpowrimo.com.

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