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Did you see the picture of the swollen-bellied child, Beset with flies nobody had the strength to brush away? Did you see his mother, as weak as he is, Whose one remaining hope is that he dies first; Not to be left to die alone? Have you seen the water hole, Shared by incontinent wild-life, Where they are forced to drink each day? Who cares? The aid worker cares, Risking health and sanity Trying to stem the tide of human suffering While supplies dwindle. Did you see the pictures of the latest fighter plane? One hundred million pounds a time. The government’s ordered eight Eight hundred million pounds available it seems, To kill people What price saving some? Who cares? The child doesn’t react to the sonic boom above Only the flies panic and briefly leave him Did you see those pictures of the other side of Mars? Have you seen the budget for man’s never ending quest To understand the galaxy and the origin of stars. Who cares about the origin of stars? The child with distended belly and flies on his eyes, Will not see the other side of tonight. Who cares what’s on the other side of Mars? Who cares? 11th February 2020 Does Anyone Care? contest Sponsor - Emile Pinet

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Date: 3/23/2020 3:12:00 AM
Thank you all so much for you kind comments
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Date: 3/22/2020 9:13:00 PM
Heartbreaking in the reality you portray, Bryn. Frustrating in the governmental priorities as reflected by its budgetary choices. Heartwarming in the aid workers risking everything to give support and love to the victims of poverty. So many emotions portrayed poetically, a well-deserved podium win for you ~ John
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Date: 3/22/2020 8:29:00 PM
The empathy you share in this heartfelt poem was seared into my soul as my prayers for those who suffer so receive no relief or comfort of the smallest kind. Tears flow down my cheeks for caring and praise for those who are giving their all to help, like the doctors and nurses and teachers. Your poem is so deserving of your second place podium win. Congratulations Bryn . xxoo
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Date: 3/22/2020 1:24:00 PM
Congratulations Bryn! Your poem has placed "Second" in my contest. Very well done my friend, your beautiful poem successfully caught my attention, Emile.
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