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Seven Billion Reasons

Another baby born, another bushel of wheat
Another piece of land, for another family to eat

Another net is cast, another fish is caught
Another fire in the forest, another tree sought
Another bird flees, another bird gone
No home for the beast, diversity all gone

Crops in the amazon, Rivers clogged up
Flooding in cities, Seas on the up
Nature under pressure, Pollution the price
Shortage of wheat, Shortage of Rice
Temperature rising, Deserts expanding

Oil running out, the world is in doubt
War for resources, the west uses force
While the poor beg in cities
Victims of policies, Victims of atrocities

Seas that are empty, bellies that are swelled
Mankind too many, Riots a plenty
The button is pushed, and humanity is hushed

The Earth is now empty, Heaven is full
And we are seven billion reasons
For God to cry “Treason” ”Treason”

And the stars look on, silent
And galaxies die alone
And no one will know.
This place,
Where once, our babies did grow.
But time will go on
And the earth is aglow
Just as it was, seven billion years ago.

Seven billion today
Tomorrow more
What is the real figure?
For all out Nuclear War?

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  1. Date: 11/7/2011 5:31:00 PM
    The price we pay for greed is loss of our environmental resources, Steven, and the loss of the soldiers who fight for "our freedom" are often fighting for oil -- a finite resource. I fear that everything you say here is true. I don't take this message lightly; it is one of my greatest concerns. Brilliant poem! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 11/7/2011 1:59:00 PM
    the last two lines is d seven billion dollars question. nicely written cooke.

  1. Date: 11/6/2011 6:20:00 PM
    P S You forgot about the bees! I understand 75-80% of them have disappeared. Will we pollinate by hand?

  1. Date: 11/6/2011 6:18:00 PM
    Hi Steven, we got out of touch, your comments disappeared and I didn't know how to find you so I'm glad we are in touch again. I find thie message in this chilling and all so true. When you see it all in one place as you have done, the impact is staggering. I'm glad to be on the way out and not wsee what is going to happen. With the idiots in charge all over the world, we know it ain't going to be good. Take care dear friend and keep the message going! :) Luv, Lizzie.

  1. Date: 11/6/2011 3:39:00 PM
    A nice piece of literature you have penned here Steven. Enjoyed reading your poem. Hugs, vie

  1. Date: 11/5/2011 3:36:00 PM
    Good one that you have written..If each person contributes one child to the world that will be 14 billion but of course people are constantly dying out..Sara

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 2:23:00 PM
    wow..a very powerful piece...love it

  1. Date: 11/2/2011 1:44:00 PM
    Seven billion reasons to change the world..