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Karen Bean


Ottumwa, IA, US

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Not All The Children Laugh


Karen Bean

War in my land
People torn apart
Leaving us with a torn heart
Homeless and alone
No place to call home

On our own
Hand out-stretched
Mother and Father gone
Little ones not knowing what to do
Myself not much older
Lending a shoulder

War outcries!!!
Peace no where in sight...
Anger everywhere left and right

Pain...everywhere..suffering lingers
Where am I to go..what am I to do?
I search for the way....
The compass spins...
Where is the peace???

A place we gather to find food
Handed to us..with no smiles
As if to say..Why are you here?
An answer I have not

As I stand and watch
All the little lost
No smile do I see....
Only tears of "Please help me"

My hand raises to my face
To wipe the tears away
I wonder if the sound of laughter
Will be heard again.

And I think to myself
With all of this in my path
"Not all the children laugh"