Only A Little Boy (Poem)

Only A Little Boy

“I’m only a little boy” he said,

“why would they want to kill me?”

Yet, he doesn’t want to grow up,

a martyr is what he wants to be.


He wants to die for the cause,

as every young man should do,

Yet, it’s not so much what he

wants, it’s just all he ever knew.


Tanks on the street are common,

gunshots are little cause for alarm,

He’s only a little boy, but he’s

never lived safe from harm.


Much of his family is dead, or if

they’re not, they will be soon,

Twelve years old, he thinks it’s common

to care for your best friend’s tomb.


Bulldozers demolish the houses

in this little boy’s neighborhood,

Leaving nothing but heartbreak and

rubble, where his home once stood.


No one is coming to save him,

the odds are stacked that he’ll fall,

So, in the end it’s easier for him if he

believes he’s answering the martyr’s call.


He knew of no other way of life,

“I’m just a little boy,” he said.

And because two countries cannot

get along, this little boy is dead.


© Donna M. Monnig

This poem was inspired by the documentary “Death in Gaza.”

Related Post: Peace by Piece


About Donna M. Monnig

Donna M. Monnig is a published poet, aspiring novelist, freelance writer, a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and is a cowgirl at heart.
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One Response to Only A Little Boy (Poem)

  1. PrayImagineCreate says:

    I got a notification about a new post back when you first posted this and am JUST getting around to reading it!
    I really like this one, Donna (do I always say that?)! It’s so sad! And really makes you think. Well done.
    God bless!


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