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Thieves of innocence
Copyright George Papavgeris, June 2003

They came at night
First thing we knew they had come crashing through the door
Their shadows tall and scary in the torchlight
With just one blow they dropped my father to the floor
They grabbed me by the arm,
They said to fear no harm
It was my chance to fight the people's enemy, they said,
But all I saw was red
As it was spreading all around my father's head.

So hard at first
We trained incessantly in weapons of all sorts
So hot and dusty we were praying for a cloudburst
A barefoot army wearing still our tattered shorts
Free drugs for our relief
And slogans for belief
Some times to make us tougher we would go to sleep unfed
And all we saw was red
As one by one our childhood memories had fled.

Who was it that had given them the right to steal the innocence from children?
And did they have no memory of being young and innocent themselves?

And here's the crime
We hungry children grew to fighters big and hard
And without thinking we would kill just for a good time
Worse than our faces, our consciences were scarred
We'd look all day and night
For enemies to fight
But our solution worse was than the problem, people said
And all we saw was red
As all compassion from our hearts had duly bled.

We come at night
To our demands obedience must be absolute
Our blackened faces well disguised in the moonlight
It's rape and blood that we now crave, and not just loot
No mothers' arms can keep
The kids safe in their sleep
We'll take good care of them and soon to violence they'll be bred
Till all they see is red
And they're themselves the thieves of innocence instead.

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