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Children in the Streets
by Duane Simolke

Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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This poem, from my book Holding Me Together, developed from three influences: (1) a news report about refugee children in South America, (2) the cover of U2’s album War (you can find the cover image at Amazon.Com), and (3) a definition of the word “ire.”

Six years old,
He watches his home burn,
Watches the soldiers run.

As he eyes them with cold ire,
He no longer wants answers;
He only wants to escape
The games with guns.

His father and brother
Went to “revolution.”
Once people go there,
They never return.

That was his mother’s way
Of saying they died,
Just like everyone else.
Just like she soon died.

Someone else’s fathers
And brothers
Came for “revolution,”
Came for “show of power.”

The boy meets up
With other lost children;
They stay together,
Having no one else.

Their parents always said
“Be good or be punished,”
So they wonder what they did
To receive this punishment.

They wonder about words:
Revolution, power, punish.

They wander through rubble:
Revolution, power, punish.


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Reviewed by Diana Lambson 10/22/2003
Every time I see news reports with children in them I cringe and cry. What have we done? What are we doing about it? This poem brings those thoughts to the fore. Powerful and insightful. Thanks
Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 9/10/2003
This is very good. I'd like to see the original version since I write mostly rhymed poetry myself, and I'm curious how you handled it.
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 7/10/2003
Duane - this poem is a raw poem of truth. I've lived with these words and spoken them too. Peace
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 6/5/2003
Powerful and it should be! Phyllis
Reviewed by Huda Orfali 5/14/2003
This poem is a revolution in itself.
It's wonderful, Duane.
I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to post it at the UNICEF exhibition but it is still my best favorite. Love, Huda
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/13/2003
powerful and profound write! well done, duane! :( (((HUGS)))
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/13/2003
Well done.
Reviewed by Paul Bright (Reader) 5/13/2003
Awesome, awesome work. Very well-crafted. You should get that published :) jk!
Reviewed by Lee Ennis 5/13/2003
Well said, an excellent write!
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/13/2003
"Children in the Streets" is a social poem delivering a profound message.

This poem makes me think... It just came to my mind that we have twenty-five million people in a strata below the Poverty Line... And this is in The United States of America... USA. This said to be the Richest Country incorporated on Earth.

I Salute the Author of "Children in the Street".

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU

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