Tuesday, October 6, 2009

gasping for air.

He saw a dead crow
in a drain

near the post office.

He saw an old man

gasping for air
and a baby

barely able to breathe
in a crowded morning clinic.

This land is so rich.
Why should we suffer like this?
I want clean air
for my grandchildren.
I want the damned fools
to leave the forest alone.
I want the trees to grow,
the rivers run free,
and the earth covered with grass.
Let's the politicians plan
how we may live with dignity,
now and always.

by A. Samad Said (1985)

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