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  It Was Not Time Yet
by David Arthur Walters
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
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President Bush said it was not time yet to put the troops on the ground.

It was not time yet

It was not time yet.
No food could be found
For this little girl,
One among many
Little boys and girls
With nothing between
The sky and the ground
Except the hunger
And bombs all around.
No food could be found
For this little girl.
We know not her name,
How it is pronounced,
Yet none are to blame
For this stiffened child
Who dreamt of heroes
Coming from the West
To help her sister,
To help her brother,
To help her father,
To help her mother,
Made helpless by war.
And she died last night,
She did not awake:
There was no mistake.
This is the reason:
Nobody is to blame.
It was not time yet,
To feed innocent
Children on the ground.
For men do abhor
An ugly ground war
No heroes were found
On the cold hard ground
For this little girl.
It was not time yet
To do what was said
Thought the President,
When going to bed
While one little girl,
One among many
Was starving to death
On the cold hard ground,
And in the morning
They wound this child,
In a clean white sheet,
Laid her in the ground,
Her body tightly bound,
With a winding cord.
No food could be found:
It was not time yet.
Heroes do no wrong:
It was not time yet.
So now she is dead
And in Kandahar
Bombs fell all around.
Yes they did they did.
No heroes could pause
To honor the clause,
To keep the promise,
To feed the children:
It was not time yet.
Hundreds of children
Lay dying, but now
Civilized men are
Afraid of the ground.
It was not time yet
For the alliance
To honor the clause,
To keep the promise
To feed the children.
Yet heroes were proud
Flying through the air
While this little girl,
One among many,
Was starving to death
Waiting for them to come
As they had promised:
It was not time yet.
First things must be first:
We must be careful,
We must have revenge.
We must not get hurt.
We are civilized.
So the child was wound
In a clean white sheet:
Is this what God wants?
Her father then asked,
And looked at his child,
Barely three foot long -
Around her a throng
Too sorry to weep.
Many more will die
Today and tonight,
It is not time yet
To save little girls
For the unknown god
Who did not want this
Little girl to die
For selfish defense.
No food could be found
For this little girl,
One among many
Little boys and girls
With nothing between
The sky and the ground
Except the hunger
And bombs all around.
It was not time yet.
Will it ever be?

By David Arthur Walters

During U.S. Bombing of Afghanistan

The Miami Mirror

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Reviewed by Regis Schilken 7/26/2011
No, It is never time.
God bless you and your poignant pocems.

rege schilken
Reviewed by Nordette Adams 9/26/2006
Very effective use of rhyme, David. The simplicity of the scheme you chose gave the piece more impact. ~~Nordette
Reviewed by anne macdougall 8/22/2006
very sad story' but well worth the read 'thank u for sharing anne
Reviewed by Leonard Goslee 5/23/2006
"It Was Not Time Yet" says it all in one single page.

I hope that we can get wise and act before the "BLOOD-STORM FALLS".

Thank you for sharing your jewels.

L. T. Goslee
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/16/2006

This is a true depicting of today's leaders and their actions. This composition gives us the mirror of our society. It is a voice singing to the bells of Justice.

I have enjoyed the reading of "It Was Not Time Yet".

I salute You, Poet.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/16/2005

A powerful, thought provoking write; there is never a good time. I wish the powers that be were fighting this war and our troops could come home--enough is enough.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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Reviewed by Theresa Koch 6/8/2005
Powerful and so very heart~felt`*
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/4/2005
A powerful statement made with your question posed, David. Thank you. Love and peace to you. Regis
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/26/2005
Whew! I think I was holding my breath all the way through this, David. Such a poignant poem, and much truth to it! We must back our service personal, tho - even if we have nothing good to say (and I don't) about the Dubya. I detest this war.

Reviewed by June Thompson 5/24/2005
Will it ever be the right time?? It never seems to be. It is too late for so many and they have yet to even know. This was a sad write, a truth told, an honest question to ask.... well done!!!
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