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No Longer Young
by Chanti Niven

Saturday, January 31, 2009
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Who could hear the silent wailing,
the inner hum of words unspoken,
the sound of hate that must consume him?
Spit and snot and tears,
lost years
No longer young.

Who could know what he has seen,
Where he has been,
What horror he has known?
He fought alone

Who could know, unless he speaks?
...but he is dumb...

Chantal Niven 2009





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Reviewed by Holly Ibbitson (Reader) 3/10/2010
The silent wailing will always be there unfortunatley for far too's disturbing but so very true.

Blessings my friend, Holly
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 1/18/2010
The eyes of these children haunt me at times. Your words do them justice. J'nia
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 2/15/2009
I have seen the faces of children in war torn countries who no longer have that childish sparkle in their eyes. Youth snatched away and replaced with tyrany and despair.

Reviewed by Roger Ochs 2/5/2009
You know and use the power of brevity perfectly. Huzzah!
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 2/5/2009

Your poetic talent is exceptional - clearly shown here in this penning!!

Best Wishes,

Reviewed by William Bonilla 2/2/2009
excellent write Chanti
but it is written in his face
and eyes the terror
he has lived through every day
in his few years of life.
Love & Peace be with you

Reviewed by Jim Compton (Reader) 2/1/2009
sadly, I think change has had its chance...
and nothing has changed but the faces.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/1/2009
Powerful in its truth and evocation, haunting, disturbing and unfortunately all too true. Thank you for this.
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 2/1/2009
The naked starkness of this heart-numbing piece is so powerful, Chanti...outstanding write!

Reviewed by Christine Alwin 2/1/2009
Raped of a childhood, Truly sad,,,and brings a tear!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/1/2009
This one strikes out with the force of a sledgehammer to the much reality and pain in these few words and all too much to think about as we know how much torture is still going on in this so called civilized world of ours. It's so nice to see your name come up again on the list of new poems...Chanti I can only say you have been sooooooo missed. Welcome back
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 1/31/2009
Powerful statement, Chanti. When indeed? And who will stop the
madness? Who will save the children? Who will save us all? These
are questions as old as time. -gene.
Reviewed by Chanti Niven 1/31/2009
Thanks for all the reviews fellow ADers. It's been a long time since I've posted anything up on AD but not for lack of inspiration.

Michelle, my dear friend, the inspiration for this was the photo. Children at war has long been a bone of contention for me and images of children with guns in Africa have always haunted me. I once wrote a poem called 'I see the War in your Eyes' which I posted up here that chronicles this horror from my own perspective. This was another in the same vein. When will the madness stop?
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/31/2009
Stark and real and the reader cannot help but be awakened and pay attention. Powerful stuff, Chanti. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Michelle Mills 1/31/2009
Merciful heavens! I'd like to know the inspiration behind this poem.'s stark, honest, and downright "in your face". Amazing work my friend...Love, Michelle
Reviewed by Carin Spirit 1/31/2009
You have captured the unnecessary horror and sadness in this world. You are an angle. Warmth and Love to you. Carin'
Reviewed by Stan Grimes 1/31/2009
Very stark and real. Loved it.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 1/31/2009
Such a shame that he may never be able to share what he has seen, where he has been and what he has done or what has been done through the years. Thank you Chanti for a touching write.

Newfie hugs, Rose

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