THE EYES

THE EYES


Photo from hakikaten

A submission by Sophie Cole, 14; IG @soph.co
these are the eyes of a child
who falls asleep dreaming of clean water
and wakes up to an empty stomach


these are the eyes of a mother
praying for the safety of her family
who lives with the fear of death every day


these are the eyes of a young girl
wondering if she'll ever really fit in
walking down the hall without a jacket to wear in winter


these are the eyes of a teenager
with a heart heavier than their backpack
but each getting harder to carry as time goes on


these are the eyes of a father
taking one last look at this world, thinking of his family
as a bullet that shouldn't have been shot fills his heart


these are the eyes of fear
for those denied the privilege of acceptance
and degraded for who they love


these are the eyes of a soldier
wishing nothing more than to wake up alive
taking two more steps closer to what lies beyond


these are the eyes that have seen the world
as it truly is
that see everything
beyond fear
beyond war
beyond discrimination
beyond injustice
beyond hate
these are the eyes that hope for change

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