Treasure Island

Irene Bitter

(January 14,1987 / Nykolayev, Ukraine)

The 21st Century


It’s the 21st century
And governments still send their youth to war,
It’s the 21st century
And one cannot imagine the horrors one might see behind closed doors,

It’s the 21st century
And kids in third world countries slave away in factories
And prostitute themselves instead of playing with toys,
It’s the 21st century
And catholic priests deflower prepubescent boys,

It’s the 21st century
And girls in African villages are forced to get their FGM,
It’s the 21st century
And criminals roam the streets from 10 p.m.,

It’s the 21st century
And arranged marriage is still practiced in half the world,
It’s the 21st century
And most human hearts are blistering cold,

It’s the 21st century
And women and children still struggle
For the rights they rightfully deserve,
It’s the 21st century
And murders with guns really hit the nerve,

It’s the 21st century
And gays are still discriminated against,
It’s the 21st century
And there’s still no cure
For cancer, HIV, or AIDS,

It’s the 21st century
And domestic violence roams many people’s homes,
It’s the 21st century
And terrorists drop poisonous gas and bombs,

It’s the 21st century
And the Taliban’s still going strong,
It’s the 21st century
And racial and religious conflict spirals on and on,
Shedding blood and tears for heartless dictators,
Who should be overthrown,

It’s the 21st century
And rape and violence still reigns,
It’s the 21st century
And there’s still no change!

Submitted: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Edited: Saturday, October 26, 2013

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