Abuse #children #atozchallenge


Scars lie deep beneath the heart

eyes have seen

ears have burned

little hands grasping for hope

beauty in rosebud lips

character comes from the ash heap

rise despite  the pain

Hope lies deep within the heart

 

 

Hello to all of you A to Zers.  I made the last minute decision to do the 2018 A to Z Challenge. Can I be an A to Z addict??? I’ll blame our dedicated founder Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out.

I have been an active blogger, but recently I have been living between two continents so Internet is not always available. Since I presently have internet,  I decided to share a favorite topic – children.

Children are a joy to teach. They teach me so much more than I teach them. In an Acholi classroom of 5-7 year olds, I was astounded at how quickly the children were learning English words. My Acholi was hit and miss. They love teaching me words and songs in their language.

Today’s topic  is a shameful and sobering way to start the challenge, but (no joke) it is a real aspect of many children’s lives. No matter how advanced our societies have become, children are the quiet sufferers of any generation.

To all of you joining A to Z challenge for the first year please enjoy the delightful people in the blogsphere!!!

art © Moondust designs 2014

 

Published by moondustwriter

Thank you for visiting Moondustwriter. In 2019, we have an exciting project. We are working with a team developing elementary curriculum for African children. As a writer, it is a thrill to help children who want to learn. I've been part of the blogging community for more than 10 years. Some old timers may remember the award winning (2012 Twitter Shorty ) blog community - One Stop Poetry. I was the (quiet) originator of the idea and co-producer of One Stop Poetry. I am a published writer, poet, artist and photographer. I have written, as well as edited, for periodicals, radio, blogs and fellow writers. There are many facets to this moon - thanks for stopping by.

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11 Comments

  1. Lovely poem, Leslie. Nice to hear that you are finding joy in what you do. Children are so eager and so imaginative, many of them ready to learn or ready to play…which can be the same thing for them 🙂

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  2. Such a terrible price some children pay for being helpless and innocent. Lovely poem. I think I will enjoy your blog. mine is an A-Z, well Z-A of best children’s (for adults, too) poets who have all sent a poem. http://www.poetryroundabout.com starting with Benjamin Zephaniah and going through everyone, hopefully, you have heard of! 100 poets through the month. i must be mad. Looking forward to your posts. Liz

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  3. Hi Leslie – this is so sad that abuse to children is happening … and there seems to be more of it – if only we could appreciate everyone’s right to be at peace … thanks for highlighting this – cheers Hilary

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  4. Nice poem for such a sad topic. My husband’s favorite Pat Benetar song is Hell is for Children. He had an alcoholic father who was not fun to be around. Glad you’re doing the A to Z!

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  5. The weakest and smallest always pay, sadly. They need us to be their voice, their protectors, and comforters. 🙂 Thank you for reminding us! Have fun on the Challenge! 🙂

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  6. Beautiful poem!
    It’s wonderful to meet you, Leslie.
    I am new to A – Z Challenge and look forward to following more of your posts.

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