Christina A. Sharik


Dear Sir:
With no disrespect intended
we gift you with these toys
representing our husbands,
daughters, wives and boys.
Each one represents a life
each one has a story ~
they only want to do their best;
they don’t seek any glory.
They are not pieces on a board;
they bleed, they hurt, they die.
We think about these “little” things
each time we say goodbye.
They can’t be moved around the world
as if they’re not for real…
if a chess piece were your daughter
you’d know just how we feel.
We wait at home and wonder,
we worry and we pray.
Please think about our loved ones
when you receive these toys today.

Author’s Note: Written for the Toy Soldiers Campaign and sent to President Clinton with small green army men ~ July 1999