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Poetry Challenge: Save Our Children

Updated on June 16, 2013
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Recently, I read two stories in the news about flagrant cases of child abuse. One was a 4 year old little boy who was forced to run naked in the streets of New York City in nothing but his underwear. What made this abuse even worse was the fact that the little boys father thought it would be funny to video tape this abuse, and the video made it on YouTube. The other incident involved the father of an 8 year old boy who thought throwing his child off a boat into a harbor full of other large ships would be an example of good parenting. Both of these stories made me furious as I am a father of 5 children, and the thought of hurting my kids disgusts me.

For this poetry challenge, I want to center the theme around child abuse. I hope the attention this challenge receives will help to spread awareness on child abuse, and maybe we can all make a difference in the lives of children in need. This will be a free form challenge so any kind of creative writing will be accepted. The important thing is to really help spread the word around, and get as many people involved in this challenge as possible. For that reason, I am setting up the following guidelines.

1) All poets who participate in this challenge will post the link for their contribution in the comments section of this challenge.

2) If you are contributing a piece, please give feedback to all the other writers who share.

3) This should go without saying, but please be respectful of the other writers who share their work.

4) Anyone who reads this challenge, please visit often as this challenge will be running till February 16, 2012.

5) This challenge will close Feb. 16, 2012. Everyone who makes this date will be included in the results article for this challenge.

6) This is really important. I ask all poets who contribute work to please post the phone # to a local abuse hotline in your area, and please include a message asking anyone who witnesses a form of child abuse to call this number.

Child abuse is a serious crime which can scar a child for the rest of his life. If you are a witness to child abuse please report the incident immediately to 1-800-4-A-CHILD.



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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This contribution is an earlier piece my fiancé wrote. I wanted to share it all with you because I really think it gets the message across. Unfortunately she is not a member of Hub Pages so the link is to her profile on Triond. http://authspot.com/poetry/toy-soldiers/

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Read your fiance's poem - super-duper is the word. Fantastic challenge. Got it in my head - and I'll pen it asap. Love ya Philly, friend and mentor.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Thanks Sheila. She really knows how to write about issues like this.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      This hits close to home..excuse the pun

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      So do I have your creative juices flowing?

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Phil..how does this work? I've written a poem for this..what do i put in the description box? About the poem or about doing it for this challenge? fb?

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      put the link for your poem in the comment section

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      This is my contribution to this poetry challenge. I hope you will all pay heed to the message at the end.

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Tears-Of-A-Child...

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      My first contribution to a poetry challenge. Poetry ought to be left to poets, but, the subject matter was close to my heart..

      https://hubpages.com/literature/Theres-Something-V...

      I hope it haunts you...

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      You are a poet now, so live with the title lol. I don't know too many people who could have expressed it better, and your rhythm is perfect. That's something a lot of people don't understand.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Thanks very much Philly. From you, that's a compliment!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Hello Philly, I was referred to this poetry challenge by Sheila Newton. I'm also aware about the news story regarding child abuse. I even did an article about sexual abuse of children.

      I will love to read some of the entries in your poetry challenge.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Perhaps you will contribute a piece. I really want to help get the word spread around.

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      heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

      Thank you for having a heart for those who are mistreated!

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      sheilanewton 5 years ago from North Shields, UK

      Hi Philly - been poorly with my b***** back, so I missed the challenge deadline. Nevertheless I'm putting it up tomorrow for sure. With or without the deadline, this was sure worth the effort. Can't say I 'enjoyed' it but oh, my, it was an eye-opener. I found it a disturbing piece to write.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      I'll be posting the results in a bit. This challenge didn't do as well as I thought it would, but hopefully next week will be better.

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Still more cases of child abuse pop up in the news everyday. This is the latest story from Google. I had to share it with all of you.

      http://news.yahoo.com/2-charged-death-ala-girl-for...

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      frankieonfire 4 years ago from Eureka, CA

      What a great idea for a competition. Sorry I missed it. I know it has ended but you may find some of my hubs having a similar focus.

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      orange skys 3 years ago from Florida

      I'm sorry I missed this one. If you do another please let me know. I have several poems about this topic. Thanks

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Me too , sorry I missed this !I will contribute any writing anytime ...Ed

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      Jose Velasquez 3 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      The challenge is still open, I will be happy to share and contributions to this challenge.

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