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Can you hear the children crying?
Some are hungry some are dying.
Numbing poverty's to blame,
tiny limbs on tiny frames.

Can you hear the children sighing?
Swollen bellies few are thriving.
Civil wars and genocides,
leave them nowhere left to hide.

Can you hear the children screaming?
Turn your head pretend you're dreaming.
Close your eyes and go your way,
say you'll help some other day.

Psalm 145:16 "You are opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing."

Can you hear the children playing?
See them pet the newborn yearling.
Fun and food and lots of sun,
good things now for everyone.

Can you hear the children laughing?
Watch them plant the tender sapling.
Mom and dad and grandma too,
helping earth be born anew.

Can you hear the children singing?
Voices raised all ears are ringing.
Praising Jah for what he's done,
songs that also thank the Son.

Revelation 21:4 "And He will wipe out every tear from there eyes, and death will be no more,
neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
the sad reality of many children's plight; the hope of tomorrow

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Mary-Jose Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hope will keep all of us going....
Without hope, nothing can and will change.

beautiful done !Clap Huggle! Heart 
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
hope is essential to the human psyche, regardless of what the skeptics say
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Mary-Jose Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
And they (skeptics) also have 'hope'..... negative one I guessWink/Razz .
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RuntOfTheLitter Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
SUPERBLY thought out and said! ....

"HOW ye treat the LEAST of US is ALSO HOW ye treat ME" ....


"Every child born is a SIGN that GOD is NOT yet DISCOURAGED of MAN"  (Tigare)

ROTL
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
it will take divine intervention to fully address this and other issues (Psalm 72)
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virnagray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work Tom:)
I love it!!!
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks so much
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virnagray Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are most welcome:)
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spycat109 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was so great! It would great song too. :D
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks kindly
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shep4life Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So sad..can't wait for God to step in and end this misery
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Me2
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shep4life Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:)
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is a great work in my opinion. It shows the truth happing all around the world. Open eyes and open hears will tell that it is not only limited to third world countries - no, it has already affected all nations, all cultures, nearly all ethnics.

Thanks for opening up and awakening people with this "song". Most can hear, but most do not do anything either.


The second part of the "song" is more of a positive nature, of arousing people to help the poor - inspired by love, planted in the hearts :)



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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
thanks for nice comments
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Malintra-Shadowmoon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome and they came straight from my heart and soul :)
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TheSoullessChild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Waaaah! Why is this so sad?! Just the picture mad me cry.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know sweetie, but sometimes reality can move a heart to action
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TheSoullessChild Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, good point
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MarianaFuzaro Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Interesting how people always use the Bible and Christian morals to deal with all this, when Christian religion is famous for always worsening the hardships of the poor, prohibiting everything that can help them (taxes = stealing, government should be small and not intrude in personal issues - except, off course, to enforce heterosexual marriages only, and keep women in the home no matter how much she gets beaten, lying to keep your job, for example, to hide the fact you have some illness, as there are lots of healty people seeking for that job, stealing or prostituting yourself for food) and blame the poor for their condition, while all the same claiming to be always on their side.

And there's no reason to hope for a happy end for them. Poverty forces you into crime, prostitution, lying, addictions, and the constant stress make you prone to lose your head and sin out of despair. The African kid in the picture... oh, he's born a sinner and his parents are heathen, so he deserves what he gets, and deserves to go to hell too, and it (IT!) probably will.

As Christians use to say... "But no one cares about these children. Their mothers gave birth to them with total irresponsibility. Why should God care, then?"
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Again, you are confusing Christendom with Christianity, understandable since that is exactly what her 40,000 plus sects purport to be.  Jesus would condemn their acts and does condemn them, just as surely as he did the religious leaders of his day.  For a glimpse into true Christianity, please start with the gospel of John. Try reading without pre-conceived notions or biases. That is my challenge to you
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InkTyper Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
This reminds me of some stories I heard from the Syrian refugee children while visiting Jordan in April (first part) ... It's so sad what things happen in the World... We shouldn't destroy what we can't create.
Really well written and contrasted, and beautiful references.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
 Hey thanks so much
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   General Artist
hope needs be based on actions today
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
good luck with that!  How's it going?
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   General Artist
we each do what we can. it's not enough to think about - as you point out in the poem. i concern myself with children locally, helping as i may. it is richly rewarding to see a child accept a toy, piece of candy, fleece blanket, watch me clown about . . . and smile.
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes I love children too and many of us do what we can. But the permanent solution lies beyond mankind's grasp (Jeremiah 10:23)
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013   General Artist
if we prove worthy
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smalltownsillygal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful! OMG you're so talented!!
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's so sweet. Thank you
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smalltownsillygal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome :) Your poetry is truly amazing!
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tommyboywood Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like yours too.  Glad we met
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smalltownsillygal Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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