Soft Strong Children 

The pictures tell the story of how it used to be 
the pictures bring them glory and lights the love in me 

for friends long gone and banished but brought to memory 
with pictures of their story and how it used to be 

Soft strong children - sent with razors and a knife 
a helmet for our whiskers - a gun to end the life 
of boys soft strong with whiskers and beards not fully grown 

Soft strong children - who never made it home 
but now all we see are pictures of how it used to be 
and our eyes can see their whiskers and our hands can feel the fear 

of soft strong children - not pictures on a wall soft strong children - 
framed because of war
framed because of war 

The pictures tell the story of how it used to be 
the pictures bring them glory and lights the love in me 
for friends long gone and banished but brought to memory 

with pictures of their story and how it used to be 
of soft strong children - not pictures on a wall 
soft strong children - framed because of war 
framed because of war 

© Gottlieb & Sullivan - May, 1997

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