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To A Soldier

I'm just a toy.
All men can play
with my heart; it's plastic.
I cry real tears.
My arms are man made.
I can feel sorrow.
My mind does not count.
I'm just a toy.

I am sold in large groups.
Just like me,
other toys are sold and bought.
Their eyes can not see,
for they are plucked.
Their ears can not hear.
They're all just toys.

I can really talk,
but I can't say words.
When I scream,
I can't be heard. When I scream,
no one can hear me.
When I scream;
silence;
I'm just a toy.

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