When the Earth Was Green

red-barn-234412802562298lCythe nights are wild and the days full of clocks
and the people weep in the darkness and by day
fumes block meditations on the sun, like lost
children, at dusk they swim in songs of the
heart and yearn for the times when day was
day and a fecund Earth was green with crops


I can’t make out where this painful photograph began its life. It’s just one of many that cries out for our compassionate action – our adovocacy, our adjustments in priorities, and our change of personal habits that are not productive of sustainability.

We have the power to resolve hunger and distribution issues. We apparently don’t have the will. Among other things, our governments would rather go to war then feed and educate their citizens.


In my city, the cost of a facelift runs from $7,000 – $30,000. In 2012 the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older. The last I read, it cost $4,000 for United Nations to put a well in a village that has no access to clean water. I wonder what would happen if the money for facelifts went to build wells.

The Washington Post 2013-03-23: UNITED NATIONS — U.N. Secretary-GeneralBan Ki-moon warned that by 2030, nearly half the world’s population could be facing a scarcity of water, with demand outstripping supply by 40 percent. One in three people already live in a country with moderate to high water stress, Ban told a U.N. event marking the opening of the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013. more »

A Wikipedia article on hunger notes:

Throughout history, the need to aid those suffering from hunger has been commonly, though not universally, recognized. The philosopher Simone Weil wrote that feeding the hungry when you have resources to do so is the most obvious of all human obligations … Weil writes that Social progress is commonly held to be first of all “a transition to a state of human society in which people will not suffer from hunger.”

© 2013, poem and essay, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
Photo credit ~ Kim Newberg, Public Domain Pictures.net

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