Ruth Lennox

Only Just Begun - Poem by Ruth Lennox

A thing of beauty
A child of peace
An unknown face
From the Middle East

Alone in life
Her parents are dead
Thoughts of that graveyard
Fill her with dread

Her tears they are cried
Only when she is alone
Weakness will not be tolerated
In her family home

She has to stay strong
Go on, she must
Continue her journey
In the valley of the dust

Her brothers, they need her
To be a pillar of strength
All Iraqi children
But only by a tenth

Her neighbours they depend on her
To care for their child
A sickly, timid thing
Born into the wild

Her life half over
And it's only just begun
Responsibility thrust upon her
Since she was little more than one

But complain, she has not
And she never will
Her job; she will continue
Even when she's deathly ill

We know little about her
Not even where she is from
Nothing, but that her life's nearly over
And it's only just begun

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 8, 2006

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