This is Not a Good Time by Kimolisa Mings

This is Not a Good Time

Author: Kimolisa Mings kim
Winner 18 and over Poetry &

overall winner for the 2011 Independence Literary Arts Awards

Ladies and gentlemen,

This moment in time,

Is not great,

In fact,

It is awful.

Between wars and famine,

Revolutions and riots,

All taking place

In the backdrop

Of an economic downturn.

This, my friends,

Is not a good time.

The hemlines of

Our young women rise,

As the waistbands of

Our young men fall.

This, people,

Is not a good time.

I know it,

You know it,

We all know it,

And yet we are reminded

Over and over

By the media.

Through the television,

Via the radio,

In publications,

On the internet.

We are constantly being

Reminded of how

Bad our situation is.

Forcing us to relive

this awful moment,

Over and over.

Forcing us to wear the

Grey-coloured shades

Of misery.


In this moment,

I say “Enough!”

Enough with reminding us

Of the problems,

The debates of what and


It went wrong,

Looking for someone to


The political




Let us come together

And find a solution

To move forward,

To escape this place

Inhabited by

Fear, hatred,

Anger, and uncertainty.

Let us move forward

To a place where

We all prosper,

Big and small,

Rich and not so rich.

A place where happiness

is found

And occupies spirit and


Where there is success

from hard work,

And joy in our connections

With each other.

I believe we all possess

the God element…

The same thing that

Takes a grain of sand

And creates a pearl.

The same thing that

Creates a diamond

From a lump of coal.

We all possess it…

It can be found

In the smallest atom

And it can be found

In the largest galaxy.

We possess it…

The moment we were


We had this little piece

of God,

And as we grew,

We were taught to forget


But I ask you,

I beg you to remember

How great you are.

They say the world

Is to end in 2012,

I say let it end.

And from the ashes

We will make a new one,

A better one,

A greater world.

Forward on,

Backward never.

Winning pieces from the 2011 Independence Literary Arts Competition are published here, with the chairperson’s permission, for the purpose of showcasing the talent displayed during the competition. Copyright of these pieces remain the preserve of the writers and, as is the case with all Wadadli Youth Pen Prize/Wadadli Pen, content should not be copied, distributed, transmitted, used for commercial purposes, altered, transformed, or built upon without the consent of the copyright holders. All other site content is created by me (Joanne C. Hillhouse) or, in the case of winning Wadadli Pen stories, the specific authors unless otherwise indicated. The same rules apply.


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One response to “This is Not a Good Time by Kimolisa Mings

  1. “Forward on,
    Backward never.”

    I like that the word poor wasn’t used. It achieved moving from the norm, the cliche and is a good way of refusing to look/speak down to us who are “not so rich” for in truth as the poem states we all possess the element which makes apparent, trifling nothings into magnificent somethings.

    Congratulations Kimolisa!

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