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Ghetto Child......another for the innocent

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hoot_owl_rn
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(I know this poem is sad and I certainly hope it does not offend anyone, that is not my intentions...but when I think of the innocent children, born into a life unlike any we will ever know, it breaks my heart. The statistics are overwhelming and many of these children never live to be adults. So, as I step off my soap box, I ask you to read this, then please offer up a prayer for their/our future...thanks   )

Ghetto Child

Hush little baby
Please donít you cry
Your fatherís been shot
I think he will die
The rent is not paid
Youíll soon be evicted
Your motherís on crack
And you are addicted

Hush little baby
Donít say a word
The neighbors are fighting
Your cries wonít be heard
Your brother sells drugs
Outside on the street
To make some more money
So your family can eat

Hush little baby
Please donít you cry
Gun shots and sirens
Your sad lullaby
Your clothes are all dirty
Your blankets are torn
You were cursed from the start
To the ghetto were born



 Have you ever noticed
That the words...
"Goodbye"
"I'm sorry"
"I love you"
Are so easy to pronounce
...Yet so hard to say
~Javan
© Copyright 2000 Ruth Kephart - All Rights Reserved
Wizzard
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1 posted 02-17-2000 01:07 PM       View Profile for Wizzard   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wizzard

Growing up in a bad part of a big city,I have seen way to much of this sadness.
You have really captured another side of life (with this writing) that many don`t see and or don`t want to see.
My prayer`s are always with our children.
Thank`s for sharing this Hoot.

†Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
And the begining of a new one.



[This message has been edited by Wizzard (edited 02-17-2000).]
Danny Holloway
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2 posted 02-17-2000 01:25 PM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

A sad story to be sure, and well written in your usual excellent style.  Ruth, you have a heart full of love!
Danny
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This is touching, Ruth,
your display of where prayers should certainly be.
Many who have not been subjected to those circumstances
that many of today's children are being raised in
fail to see the necessity of worldwide prayer
for such a need.
This poem is reality.
And your request for prayers is honorable.
JamesMichael
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4 posted 02-17-2000 02:38 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Beautiful poetry about the misfortunes in our society.  A lovely innocent child who unfortunately is born into a family with every imaginable problem.     James
Michael
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5 posted 02-17-2000 02:41 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Wow...extremely powerful images portrayed here, Ruth.  It's hard to fathom being born into such circumstance...how different a person I might be.  Great poem, definately an eye opener.


Michael
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Well Hootie, I thought this poem may be about me....the innocent thing and all..but then, I found a wonderfully written, well thought out piece of work.....very good my dear...you are something else for sure....
Tara Simms
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Great poem, Ruth!  Some people are so busy looking down their noses at those in the ghetto, they don't stop to think about those who have no choice.  
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Great poem, Hoot! Well done!
Rex Allen McCoy
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Very sad truth you speak of Hoot ... our local schools here have a program that feeds a good breakfast to any children who come to school hungry ... they feed quite a few ... small gesture ... and they need so much more

Rex
hoot_owl_rn
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Thanks everyone  
Martie
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Ruth, my heart breaks for all the children born into this kind of life.  It is so hard to climb out of the hole that living like this puts you in.

and yet most of us go on with our lives...thanks for reminding me.  You're the best!
Severn
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12 posted 02-17-2000 07:44 PM       View Profile for Severn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Severn

You inspiring woman.

Wonderful!

 'Writing sharpens life;
life enriches writing'
Sylvia Plath
Denise
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Powerful and touching, Ruth....and God bless them and us....

Denise
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Very sad, very powerful words Ruth! You never cease to amaze me at how you touch people! God bless you Ruth!

 <*\\\><

There's only two ways you can go...
One way you can save your riches,
And the other will save your soul.
Rich Mullins
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15 posted 02-18-2000 02:11 AM       View Profile for wayoutwalt   Email wayoutwalt   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for wayoutwalt

a very thoughtful and well done work hoot your so good bub
mm
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ITS SO TOUCHING...ITS AMAZING HOW WE TAKE LIFE FOR GRANTED ..JUST COS WE ARE LITTLE
BIT MORE PRIVELAGE...

WHEN EVER I SEE A CHILD LIKE THAT..MY HEART
REACHES OUT TO THEM...BUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO
CHANGE THIS TERRIBLE WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN...

LOTS OF PEOPLE SAY THAT CHILD WILL BE WASTED JUST LIKE HIS FAMILY...BUT CAN HE HELP IT...
HE IS ONLY CUSTOMED TO WHAT HE KNOWS,AND
WHAT SURROUND HIM...

EXCELLENT POEM

hoot_owl_rn
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Once more...thank you everyone for reading and your kind and sincere replies
 
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