2nde 4 POEMS

mercredi 29 juin 2005
par  Patricia Gaubert-Dubois

After studying the text Child Warriors, 2nde4 students were asked to write poems starting with "I am a child , let me be a child"... Here is what they wrote :

THIBAULT

Child Wish

I am a child,
Let me be a child...

Because I want to have fun
Without holding a gun,

I want happiness in my life
To no longer see the knife,

I want to go to school
Because this world is wonderful,

I want to eat my fill
Because I’m afraid of being ill,

My life could be funny
If I could see my family

People could stop my S-O-S
If they really want me to live in cheerfulness...

I am not a soldier,
I am not a killer,
I love my father,
I hope we will live together"

BENJAMIN

Escape my mind...
I am a child,
Let me be a child
,
Let me play with my sky ,
Let me be someone, I want to try,
don’t leave me alone,
I want a real home,

All my sadness , my loneliness,
are driving me mad,
Oh I’m so sad,
Please give me a rest,

Let me smile, I don’t want to die,
I’m fed up, I want a break,
Please dry my tears,
And help me stop my fears,

French children play on the ground,
English children laugh on the playground,
Why couldn’t I ? Like them , Like you,
Have fun, and reach my sun,

People have spoilt my life,
People have walked on my rights,

I want to be like you,
Leave my wild life,
And find liberty too,
Escape This cruel world of mine,

I want my past to end,
And my future to begin,
I want to live my dreams,
Not dream my life,
I am a child
So let me be a child.

ANNE-CHARLOTTE

I am a child

Let me be a child

I want to laugh at life

Let me jump in puddles

Me and my teddy bear,

we want to eat sweets and ice cream

Spare me this cup of sorrow

I’m crazy about having adventures with my tricycle

Please let me discover life

Let me discover the smell of flowers

Let me discover the feel of sunshine on my skin

Let me hear the birds singing

Please, I’m a child

Let me be a child

JULIEN et JULIEN

I am a child

Let me be a child

Who goes to school to learn, like a child

Who plays and has fun, like a child

Who eats his fill, like a child

Who eats in a restaurant, like a child

Who listens to music and watches TV, like a child

Who lives in a warm family, like a child

Who has a rest, like a child

Who has a happy childhood, like a child

Who has freedom, like a child.

ALINE

I am a child

Let me be a child

Let me have my childhood

I would like to be Robin Hood

I don’t go to school

But I would like to be joyful

You live with your family

And me, my life isn’t funny

I dream of war

And you, never sad you are

I would like to have a wife

Let me live my life"

ANNA et DEBORAH

I am a child, let me be a child,

Stop the massacre ! Stop !

Look at our faces filled with hatred.

I’m a child but I’m forced to kill.

Let me play, laugh, grow up and have a dream.

But I see only blood and tears.

And you say : "Poor child" but nobody helps me.

When my commanders say "Shoot, run and don’t turn around",

I shoot because I’m under these orders.

My parents are dead, but who cries for them ?

I’d be free to choose like everybody,

Between life and death.

I choose life because I’m a child

And let me be a child.

AURELIEN
PIERRE
MAXIME

I am a child... let me be a child,

All the time, I must fight and kill other children...

But I dream every night to play with them and have a happy life...

I am a child... let me be a child,

All the time, I think about my family...

But they’re dead, weapons have replaced them...

I am a child... let me be a child,

All the time, I think about childhood...

But the army isn’t a nursery...

I am a child... let me be a child,

Tell me who I am !!

BERTRAND et ALEXIS

I am a child,
Let me be a child,

I fight for a war,
I don’t know the reason,
I want to go back in a car,
But you know what I have done,
I’ve forgotten my soul,
And my heart is broken,
I’ve no future anyway,
But listen to what I say :
I’m a child, let me be a child !
Today I walk alone,
I’m going back home,
I want to speak louder,
To say : now I’m over,
I feel lonely,
Maybe it’s necessary,
Before it is the end,
Be all ears and listen,

I’m a child,
Let me be a child !!!

CHARLINE et LUDOVIC

I am a child

Let me be a child

I don’t have a family to love me

Just commanders to give orders to me

Please let me dream for a few minutes

My life could have been so nice

I didn’t want to grow up so fast

But some adults said I must fight

I never played like other children

And was never allowed to have fun

Please let me discover myself

My life isn’t the one of a child

I don’t know how to explain...

EDOUARD et LEA

I am a child
Let me be a child

I am weak
I want to flee

I am in strong anger !
I must be stronger !

When we are prisoners,
We are in danger !

I want to be noisy !
To be in safety

I never want to be silent
I want to live with my family
And be with my parents !
Study, eat candies !

At work, when I see the landscape,
I want to escape !
In the outback
To have a flashback

ELEONORE

When I am older

I would like to dream

Let me dream

I would like to laugh, play and sing

Let me sing

I would like to eat sweets and ice cream

Let me eat my fill

I want to discover life like a child

Let me live

I want to be innocent and ignorant

Let me be a child

I want to have a childhood

Where my best friend will be Flogy my frog

Let me imagine

I never want to be sad

Let me be happy

When I am older

I want to be a child

Let me be a child

SERREAU - BERTHOUMIEUX

I am a child

Let me be a child

Play in the meadow

Eat a lot of potatoes

Watch TV

And live happily,

Play videogames

Go out with my friends.

I want to go to school to learn

Like all the other children

I want to become an adult

Like all the other adults

JULIE - KLERVI

I am a child

Let me be a child

Let me play with my friends

Let me laugh, let me smile

Let me grow up without fear

Let me have the time to dream

To have a happy and marvellous life

Let me have innocence in my childhood

Discover life little by little

Without being afraid of growing up

I am a child

Let me be a child

CHLOE et LOUISE

I am a child,

Let me be a child.

Since the age of thirteen,

I couldn’t blossom,

I leave my life,

To kill with a riffle,

I don’t have hobbies,

I never eat candies,

I don’t have a happy family,

I don’t have any liberty.

I would like to walk in the wood,

Let me enjoy my childhood,

I’m a child,

Don’t forget.

MAXIME et PAULINE

I am a child
Let me be a child
Please ! Please ! Help me !
I want to be happy !
I’m not a warrior
But I want to live a life
Without riffles
I don’t want to spoil my childhood
Let me go to school
I want to be re-born
And discover freedom
I am ill-treated
Hopeless and defenceless
Let me be a child

THOMAS

I am a child

Let me be a child

Anything in this world

For me is wild

Let me be a child

To see the good side of life

Let me leave in peace

To discover what I didn’t know