Laurie Van der Hart


Christmas Present - Poem by Laurie Van der Hart

It's the day after, today
And the children play
With their gifts - those
Not yet broken or disposed

I saw a boy walking with his dad
The boy so proud, the father glad
To have been able to provide
The gift his son carried with pride

Right arm bent, rested on his shoulder
He looked just exactly like a soldier -
A perfect plastic replica
Of a machine gun from America

'Realistic look and feel' said the ad
'Electronic gun sounds, lights and
Vibrations too' just like in real war
It promised, and there was more

I looked it up online just in case
My son wanted his own to embrace
Maybe yours will want one too
Armykids.com has one for you

Topic(s) of this poem: children, gun, parents, toy, war


Poet's Notes about The Poem

If you're wondering why the world is full of war, take a look at what parents buy for their kids. Training starts very young...

Comments about Christmas Present by Laurie Van der Hart

  • Judith Blatherwick (12/27/2016 11:31:00 AM)


    Terrifying isn't It? The potential urge to kill is awoken so early in a life. Your poem makes its point perfectly. Well written Laurie. (Report) Reply

    Laurie Van Der Hart Laurie Van Der Hart (12/27/2016 12:42:00 PM)

    Thank you, Judith. You're right. It has always irked me. You should just see what toys are available online, and one wonders why on earth anyone would buy them for their kids. Insane world.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Poem Edited: Thursday, January 26, 2017


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