Sarajevos Child

Where have all the children
of Sarajevo gone?
Once their laughter filled the streets
while their smiles met the dawn.

As grownups play their deadly games
a baby screams with tear filled eyes
Somehow I feel their inner pain
and hear their distant cries

The toy's that once brought so much joy
lie shattered on the floor
Just small reminders of the chaos
brought about by civil war

And if the carnage ever ends
with both sides reconciled
Maybe then they'll realize how their war
has injured Sarajevo's child.

About this poem

I wrote this poem in 1994 when the war in Sarajevo was in the news. When I saw how the children were suffering it broke my heart. The war in the Ukraine is no different. It is so sad to see the devastation brought about by man's gluttony for power!!

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Written on November 15, 1994

Submitted by choices1914 on August 05, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 509
Words 94
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

James M. Wainscott

I grew up in a very close knit and loving family in the country. Laughter and joy seemed to bounce off every wall of our run down family home. Today I am 62 years young and live a peaceful humble life by myself. I love documentaries. more…

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  • lanhamleslie
    I felt a connection as though I were there - watching with sadness.
    LikeReply1 year ago


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