There are one hundred thousand homeless children in
The United States. Children in this country go
Everyday to schools that don’t have enough supplies
To teach them to read, and it comes as no surprise
That if children don’t read by eight then they won’t grow
Properly. At the game of life they will not win.
Chances of high school graduation are decreased
As the chances of incarceration increase.
What Does This Say About Us? We seem more concerned
With our own childhood traumas. Our children are spurned
By this selfish behavior. How can we find peace
In our hearts? We don’t care about them in the least.
Millions of American children go to school
Everyday asking teachers, “Do you have any
Food for me?” We have children on suicide watch
In our schools. It appears that we’ve dropped down a notch
…Or a billion. Wake up to the reality
Of what’s happening to children that isn’t cool.
Traumatized before preschool, some children live in
What’s called ‘domestic war zones’ where PTSD
Is a serious issue because violence
They experienced. They had no means of defense.
What does it take to get many people to see
What work needs to be done and just how to begin?