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Be Vigilant

An ache in my arm arrived on Thursday,
I thought Arthur Itis had come to stay.
By 1am it was hurting like hell,
Painkillers I took didn't make me well.

By 7am, of the pain, I'd had enough,
Where pain's concerned, I ain't so tough.
A trip to the hospital was my next stroke,
The X-rays confirmed that my wrist was broke.

How it happened I do not know, 
I only wanted the pain to go.
The X-rays revealed a mystery,
Breaks in my arm they showed up three!

In a sense, I am glad this happened to me,
For the experience had made me see,
What a defenceless child sometimes went through,
Behind closed doors and hidden from view.

I ask that you, vigilant be,
Next time a crying child you see.
Is it just crocodile tears being shed,
Or has that child been beaten instead.

I pray that each time there is nothing to see,
Just an impatient child hungry for tea.
My pain was real and made me see,
For broken children I would vigilant be.

© Dave Timperley 2012.

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  1. Date: 7/3/2012 9:24:00 AM
    A very moving poem. Me heart goes out to children who are not loved or cared for porperly. Thanks for reading my poem, and yes, I do a 1000 piece puzzle in about 6 hours. I like the Charlie Wysocki ones, so they are fairly easy. Sometimes my son helps. I started doing them with his as a boy - he has asberger's syndrome and asthma and could not play with other children. He can do them upside down or backwards. he looks at the shape, not the colors.

    Timperley Avatar Dave Timperley
    Date: 7/3/2012 12:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your boy sounds like a real special guy. I had a nephew who had a type of autism and while he couldn't speak too well he never failed to beat me at any card game as he could 'read' the deck. God Bless you both. Dave.
  1. Date: 6/23/2012 9:49:00 AM
    so true,some times we take tears lightly,time to double check,thanks for the eye opener Dave

    Timperley Avatar Dave Timperley
    Date: 6/23/2012 10:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for stopping by Richard, yes I do believe we should all look out for those little ones. God Bless. Dave