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A Child Is Dying


for every tree you cut down,
a child is dying.
for every barrel of oil that
you drill and spill,
a child is dying.
for every coal mine you
rape the earth with,
a child is dying.
for all the nuclear waste
you cannot dispose of,
a child is dying.

for every country you bomb,
a child is dying.
for every chemical you spray
on your vegetables,
a child is dying.

for every river you dam & drain,
a child is dying.
for every oil field you own,
a child is dying.

for every animal you drive
to the brink of extinction,
a child is dying.
for every smokestack, every sweatshop,
and every synthetic thought,
a child is dying.

for every tree you cut down....

Submitted: Saturday, June 18, 2011
Edited: Sunday, June 19, 2011

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  • Gold Star - 33,788 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (8/23/2014 8:45:00 AM)

    A great message save earth save a child 'cause child is a man or woman ..stop destroying the earth for silly or fun sake we must bear in mind and must make print to act and make a guide asocial map (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,756 Points * Sunprincess * (9/10/2012 8:58:00 PM)

    this is the organization, which i like to donate to...would love for you to check it out when you have a chance...
    www.plantabillion.org... :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie David Gerardino (12/30/2011 9:26:00 PM)

    nuclear waste, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , nothing but death, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , very good. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 1 Points Jinal Oswal (9/16/2011 5:34:00 AM)

    So true, every direct action affects you directly or indirectly. Keep writing, you are amazing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Declan O Reilly (9/13/2011 4:36:00 PM)

    You really shoot from the hit and speak from the heart. Being a poet above all is about being true to oneself, to speak of things others whisper about behind closed doors. The more of your poetry I read, the more I grow in admiration. You're our conscience. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Chaotic Life - Curly M. (6/28/2011 12:20:00 PM)

    Great poem! and very well said :) it's like the saying: the actions of a few, affect the many.

    Keep writing and spreading the truth,
    Curly M. (Report) Reply

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