Children of War

Updated on May 12, 2016

I am the child of war;

Born by the breath of Violence

And by the death to which I swore.

My life is hardly my own;

These hands grasp hate in defiance

Yet my entity; my being, they disown


They rip my conscience from my soul.

How can I be called human

When I, myself, cannot control?

When I lose sight of existence,

And I’ve brought my home to ruin,

How can I return to silence?

Too young did we die.

Though our hearts still throb

Our lives, long ago did they crucify.

We cannot risk earnest tears,

Or dare a whispered sob

For we are humbled by our fears.


And in the wake of emotion

We may somehow live again

But ‘tis a strong man’s devotion;

For we are Children of war,

Born for torment's gain

And left at the devil’s door


I am lost here alone.

Alone with these broken vessels;

These empty eyes of Sins unknown

And my small, crippled fingers,

That have grasped too many weapons

Can never clasp the hands of others


For we are the children of War;

Born by the breath of violence,

And by the death to which we swore.

And we shall never be whole.

Not with man’s bloodied persistence.

For our essence of being your hatred stole


We are the children of your war

© 2016 Mae Hanson

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Mae, you're very welcome. I did. My pleasure.

    • Mae Hanson profile imageAUTHOR

      Mae Hanson 

      2 years ago from Geneva

      Kristen Howe, thank you for your comment! It's so encouraging to hear from other people. And it would seem you felt what I intended for the poem, so thank you again! -Mae Hanson

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      Mae Hanson 

      2 years ago from Geneva

      I completely agree with you, Jodah; children should never have to go through what they do because of war. It's terrible. Thank you so much for sharing! It really means a lot. This is something I feel very strongly about, so I really appreciate it! -Mae Hanson

    • Mae Hanson profile imageAUTHOR

      Mae Hanson 

      2 years ago from Geneva

      Shyron, yes, I can see both of your comments. Thank you so much for you feedback!

      Blessings to you as well!

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      Mae, I thought I put a comment on here but I do not see it now.

      This poem should make people think about what it will do to our precious children.

      Blessings my new friend.

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      Kristen Howe 

      2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      What a powerful and emotionally-packed poem. Thanks for sharing. Nice work!

    • Shyron E Shenko profile image

      Shyron E Shenko 

      2 years ago from Texas

      This is a sad and haunting poem of not only the destruction of the human body, but the crushing of the spirit, bringing on hopelessness.

      Blessings and hugs my new friend.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A powerful poem that tugs at the emotions. Children should not have to witness destruction and death brought on by war. This needs to be shared, which I am doing. Great work.

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