No Time to Play

Beat and battered by the news today

Mass killings in a country far away

Cut down to size, reduced to prey

Silent children, no time to play


How many carats does the jewel weigh

that renders a price that cannot allay

Thirty-two dead babies on display

Silent children, no time to play


New life in bandages, not crochet

Orphaned today reads her dossier

Tears won't stop the bullets that betray

Silent children, no time to play


Love knows no bounds, there is no gray

No matter the language, it speaks to convey

When you pray to your God, how do you say

Silent children, no time to play


I love my baby in the same way

As the Syrian mother who died this day

Under the same sun and moon we lay

Why silent children, no time to play


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

This stark social commentary captures the reality of conflicts and catastrophes so well,Amy. There's pain and penury, hurt and horror captured from the news of a far away land where humanity is undergoing turbulence. You , as always , are an empathetic and caring soul whose words resonate strong as the voice of the underdog. Love your courage and humanity. Hugs.

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Seeing your adorable face, hearing your words, well, you restore my faith in humanity, Docmo. When I saw the story on tonight's world news, and particularly, that little motherless baby, who was struggling for her own life, too, what struck me was the fact that for all the fighting, killing and atrocities, often in the name of God, that little innocent baby spoke the same language as my Megan did as a newborn. We all love, cry, hurt and rejoice in our lifetimes, yet we can't let war go. If we can't love one another's differences, we can choose to respect or at least, tolerate diversity. If our creator's design is fight to the death and kill children, then there is no perfection anywhere. Well, that's a whole nother concept that war leads me to.

Thank you, Mohan, for your kind words of support and encouragement. I especially like the word "courage". Now, I feel like Lady Lancelot! Love to you

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

I see you, dear Amy, not only as Lady Lancelot, but as Mother Courage as well. Your tender, beautiful poetry reminds us of the senselessness of conflicts and the horror that innocent civilians and especially children endure.

Does perfection exist in this world? Yes, but only in the hearts and minds of loving and caring people like yourself. Never stop caring and hoping. Bless you.

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

These days, sweet drbj, I cry easily. But, who wouldn't? Yesterday, as I watched a video of the latest atrocities inflicted on the innocents in Syria, it seemed just another day far, far away, until I saw that one-month old baby swaddled in bandages, struggling for a life that will not include knowing her mother. Seeing it myself (on the national news), stopped me in my tracks.

You, drbj, and Docmo feel like allies, because sometimes I wonder if anyone else feels as I do. I think humanity is bombarded and de-sensitized by so much suffering. I wonder if I am crazy. I recently saw a piece on Brian Williams latest news endeavor about a rhino, complete with endearing baby photos and his life on a reserve designed to protected the species from horrendous suffering and death at the hands of poachers and soon, extinction. When the man who ran the preserve found him, dying yet standing, left alive, without not only his horn, but without a face, it was more than I could bear. I am still unable to think of it without bawling like a baby. That beautiful, innocent animal has more courage than the bastards that tortured him for for something without any value except to the animal that owned it. Yes, the world isn't perfect, but it is humankind that is destroying it. I can't sleep at night when I allow myself to think of what we are capable of. Thank you, drbj, for your words tell me I am not crazy. Bless you, my friend.

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. The world is cruel to many people especially to children. I'm sure God is watching over us just the same and those who must be repaid will get their due. God bless.

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I hope you are right, Gypsy. Thank you for your kind understanding and support. Bless you.

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Lucky Cats 4 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Yes, so true...and I wonder why WE - the powerful U.S.A - have not stepped up and acted directly over this rather than study it and send others to observe it while we ponder it and discuss it and play our useless mental machinations over it while IT keeps on happening!!!!!

And in another arena, we "punish" Pakistan for incarcerating the Dr. who helped positively identify with holding $30 million while we're handing over - what - 13 (or so) BILLION.??? What has happened to us? We used to stand up for other downtrodden, we play political games while countless hundreds; thousands die. Very sad and scary. I know our politics, our leaders, our country is not perfect...God knows...but, we used to stand for something..even w/our own mistakes and greed...we used to save those who could not stand up against their enemies and who yearned to be's political expediency and a fear of appears our leaders have had "spinectomys" Good one, Amy!!!

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It does my heart good to hear your take on the exact message I tried to put forth, Kathy. Yes, the doctor who gave America Bin Laden is now imprisoned for treason and I hear the President and his administration are outraged. So? What does that do for the doctor, who may spend 30 years in prison now. Will America come to his rescue? He'd best not hold his breath. I'm sick of "hearing" about outrage, only because the president thinks it is the politically correct tactic, while the only action I see is an adminstration that sends our idealistic youth into war. Our veterans are coming home to nothing, not even the benefits they are entitled to. Oh, that's right, the government is cutting back...on everything except what benefits them. And all my outrage won't make a hill of beans difference either. I'm done voting. It matters as much as all the double-talk from each and every ain't worth the powder to blow it to hell. As usual, I'm mad as hell and all it does it make me sick. So, I'll keep writing, as it provides a vent. Otherwise, I'd explode. Thank you, Kathy. I seem to have no middle ground anymore. But, as passionate as my distaste for corruption is, I am just as passionate about the good in life.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Beautiful Amy. I find your poetry awesome - the thoughts that cross your mind often remind me of my own. I am always trying to let my kids be kids and nit worry about grown up stuff. They unfortunately must though these days. Too many kids do not even have one good parent to protect them from the atrocities we see and hear of.

Did you hear about that shooting on Bryan and 70? I passed that area while the scene was still unfolding. I did not know what was happening so close to my home but I got a sinking feeling when I saw the crowds and camera crews it wasn't going to be good news. Of course my kids were in the car and saw it all. Oh my.

Must we go further west Amy?

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I don't know if I heard about the scene you saw, RealHousewife, but I did hear about MANY shootings the past few days, including a young policeman this morning. He was responding to a call on a robbery in progress in Florissant, got out of his car and was shot twice. He was in surgery last I heard in critical condition. It never stops. I believe the desperation caused by the recession plays a part along with drugs. It use to be I felt safe as long as I avoided East STL, but now, it's everywhere. However, from what I see, STL is getting more violent. Everyday I see news of multiple shootings. I already feel like I live in the "wild west"!

Thank you, Real, for your support in comments that make my heart race and spirit soar. You feel like a sister to me. Be careful and try to stay off the roads today, if you can.

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epigramman 4 years ago

you tell such great stories with so few but magnificently chosen words - a sign of a true poetic artist that you are - and like I try to drill into that pretty head of yours - you are STILL one of the greatest writers I have ever read (I know because of our 'correspondence' I had the privilege of reading the other side of you too) lake erie time 1:20pm

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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I'm on a jag, epi man. However, my paint brushes are gathering dust. It seems my mood inspires my pen or the brushes.

And, of all the damn things, my TV antenna is "in a mood" that won't let me view CBS "60 Minutes" or my mentor, the lovely Leslie Stahl! Sometimes, life is a bitch!

Your compliments, however, make me feel much better! Thanks, Colin.

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