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God Help the Unheard Children



Children should be seen, not heard
Who made up this rule?
If this is how you truly feel
Then you Sir, are a fool.

Many children go unheard
We look, but pass right by -
We’re much too busy with our own
To question them, but why?

A child should always have a voice
And someone needs to care -
They should not be hidden away
With bruises everywhere.

So look a little deeper
Than the depths of your own skin -
Hear the unheard children
See the world they’re living in.

Sticks and stones can break bones
And sometimes parents lie -
They teach their children what to say
And we’re afraid to pry.

While we are safe and tucked in warm
With family at home -
Outside on the streets at night
More unheard children roam.

They may be dressed up pretty,
But they don’t often smile -
They’re bought and sold in private
And enjoyed for a while.

Then they’re back out on the streets
Just to earn a dime -
Selling only what they have;
Their bodies and their time.

No - silence is not golden
When it comes at such a cost -
God help the unheard children
When their innocence is lost.

About this poem

Every day we hear about children being sold, beaten, or found dead. We all need to pay closer attention to the children.

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Written on October 03, 2022

Submitted by lanhamleslie on November 08, 2022

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Leslie Kay Lanham

Mother, Grandmother, and happily retired. Part time poet and lyricist. Studied at Troy University. Currently resides in Pensacola, Florida. more…

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  • MiBee08
    This is one of my favorite poems because it conveys a powerful message that all should pay attention to. I almost cried while reading it. Keep up the amazing work!
    LikeReplyReport 14 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      Thank you. I hope it raises awareness of this sad situation.
      LikeReplyReport2 days ago
  • Leegeoghegan1983
    This was an extremely powerful poem, an absolute privilege to read, well done.
    LikeReplyReport 19 days ago
  • anchor8hopes
    This is such a powerful poem that it even gave me the chills. It perfectly expresses the seriousness that should be felt by more people of society, concerning this matter. Great poem with an immense message!
    LikeReplyReport 310 days ago
  • Vixility
    Leslie, so cool! Congratulations. The subject of the poem is so important, and so neglected. Wonderful piece and well-deserved win.
    LikeReplyReport 224 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      That is very kind of you. Thank you!
      LikeReplyReport3 days ago
  • Symmetry58
    Great poem with a profound message. A deserving winner.
    LikeReplyReport 224 days ago
  • JhainDoh
    Congratulations I enjoyed this so much. Thanks for this
    LikeReplyReport 224 days ago
  • lovingempath
    Great job Leslie...and congratulations! Beautiful message of 'truth'! :)
    LikeReplyReport 125 days ago
  • emera
    Easy to read, important message, good rhyming and verses connected and flowed pleasantly. Well written.and it touched me as I read through it.
    LikeReplyReport 125 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      wow. Thank you for your kind words.
      LikeReplyReport 124 days ago
  • ABIGAILKJ810
    Great rhyming scheme and a very good topic to write on. The rhythm flows really well and the ending brings it to a wonderful close. Good job
    LikeReplyReport 125 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      I really appreciate your kind words. Thank you.
      LikeReplyReport24 days ago
  • ashleykirtley123
    As an unheard child myself, this poem spoke to me.
    LikeReplyReport 125 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      I am so sorry that society failed you. I pray that this will remind us all to pay closer attention to the children around us.
      LikeReplyReport24 days ago
  • LinYoest
    This poem resonates deep within me. Grooming a child to be “seen and not heard” is a conditioning achieved collectively within family structures, whether or not everyone within that structure is aware of sinister and abusive acts being perpetrated on a family member(s)—nonetheless, everyone reinforces the conditioning. And, when (if) you are brave enough and fed up enough to speak up, but then you are not believed, the bottom drops out of your world and you are deposited into a vast blackness. Alone. Confused. Terrified. Paralyzed. And a new layer of abuse is introduced into your life as you are accused of lying, of being hateful, of causing trouble within the family…

    It can take a lifetime to not just find your voice, but to use that voice in healthy constructive ways.
     
    LikeReplyReport 225 days ago
    • lanhamleslie
      Thank you so much for your response. It is a hard subject to speak of - but I hope it will open some eyes and ears.
      LikeReplyReport24 days ago

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