Can You Be Touched Again?

Can You Be Touched Again? ~ A poem by Dale, a survivor of Rift Valley Academy, Kenya 

I look deep within the eyes
Young child - so old
eyes glazed, lifeless, cold.
No, there beneath;
is a glimmer of hope,
surrounded by the fear
within those eyes
which have not shed a tear
for years.
Is that life I see:
beneath scarred lenses there,
beneath the memories
anticipating torture;
beneath the shell
that seeks no future;
beneath the sneer
that lies:
"I do not care."
Those eyes of stone,
Eyes that should never have known
the things you've seen,
been subjected too.

Can you be touched?
Is it too late?
With time - patience
If I wait:
Can you be touched again?