Treasure Island

Anthony Di'anno

(North Yorkshire)

One Simple Question.


Where are your indignant and outraged words,
That condem chemtrailed skies and toxic seeds,

That point out the decline in wild songbirds,
Is linked to the way you round up your weeds,

How corporate wheels leak their oily mess,
Then pollute the seas with corexit foam.

Why you are happy having less and less,
While your world is stripped right down to it's bone.

That Japan has been left to radiate,
Pumping cancer into the swelling surf,

How you would much rather procrastinate,
Than shout out the truth for all it is worth,

And so as you watch your world slowly die,
One simple question, Why do you comply?

Submitted: Thursday, August 08, 2013
Edited: Saturday, August 17, 2013

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  • Geetha Jayakumar (7/19/2014 8:45:00 AM)

    Wow...A Powerful write. Though One Simple Question, but answer is too complicated and will be realised too late with the harmful toxic materials disposed, pollute the environment. Beautiful flow of words. Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing with us. (Report) Reply

  • Daniel Brick (7/13/2014 2:35:00 PM)

    This is the real thing, that is, a poem which uses language creatively and impressively but also serves a larger cause - in this case, protesting the degradation of the earth. Your voice throughout is measured and steady. There are no hysterical outbursts or demonizing your opponents. A poem like this must be heeded. It cannot be dismissed by the opposition as just another protest, and it serves to educate both the opposition and fellow protesters. (Report) Reply

  • Alookh (matin) (9/14/2013 2:40:00 AM)

    WOooooow! ! ! ! really power full......love the last line.....and i don't really know that why do a lot of people keep silent! ....realities are around us but some only wanna pretend that they r blind......i loved ur poem and it was really thoutfull....if we lie to others...to the world.....Ok....but we can never lie to ourselves......thanks dear Anthony!
    p.s this poems one of ma fave poems! :) (Report) Reply

  • Smoky Hoss (9/9/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    BRAVO! Top-notch powerhouse poem. You have spoken words of truth and wisdom; very well done Anthony. Keep at it.... (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (8/30/2013 12:49:00 PM)

    A much needed telling of the mess we are making of mother earth. Powerful and strongly told-Strait to he gut-no holds barred.. A worthy write (Report) Reply

  • Hazel Durham (8/20/2013 6:47:00 AM)

    So true rhe earth is been destroyed as we watch without raising our voices in outrage! !
    Superb and powerful write! ! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/19/2013 7:53:00 PM)

    It's good to be reminded of the things we become complacent about and since we live in democracies, we're all responsible - we can't pretend it's someone else's fault. Good poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dave Walker (8/18/2013 10:21:00 AM)

    A really great poem, the greed of the world is getting worse and worse.
    And people are following like lambs to the slaughter. A fantastic write. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (8/18/2013 8:57:00 AM)

    The elusive answers emphasise the power of your questions and the phases of human life ahead may find out the panacea let us hope Anthony sir... (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (8/17/2013 4:36:00 AM)

    Those of us awake, not of the nodding crowd, see the nightmare and try even if its a voice in the wilderness. Sometimes people think to much of their wants rather than their needs. Great poem 10 /10 BB: O) (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (8/10/2013 5:45:00 PM)

    Maybe we are all complicit in the silence save for you whom has spoken strongly against silent detractors and perpetrators. (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Paul (8/10/2013 8:16:00 AM)

    There will be a wake up call in future not far way. What the youth are seeing, in this moment with their intelligence only they can change. We must HOPE! This will be a question answered. I hope (Report) Reply

  • Ellias Anderson (8/9/2013 7:43:00 AM)

    the condition of our world is not as good as it has to be. the rights of the humans all around the world is being destroyed and some rich men are do what ever they love, why? they answer: because we have money and power to do what ever we want! ! ! so these guys and some others are bringing this life down. we need to write more about humanity. we should stay gallant in this way. well done my friend. well done. we have to spread the keen of humanity all over the world. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/9/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    A very pertinent question! But who will answer it? Each thinks that it is not his botheration and like the three wise (In our case foolish) monkeys, we remain deaf, dumb and blind.... complying.. complying! A powerful write! (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (8/8/2013 2:48:00 PM)

    Hard-hitting stuff, Anthony. There are so many why's to be answered in this world, and no-one comes up with the answers. Good one. (Report) Reply

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