Let's All Breathe
I can’t breathe!
A harrowing voice to the world!
Echoing every corner of the earth!
This voice will never be hushed!
Mother Nature has bestowed us with so much love,
So many treasures!
Leafy plants, blooming trees, grassy pastures, immense wilderness!
Azure sky with petal-like clouds,
Deep fathomless emerald-green ocean with tides, high and low,
Magnificent waves incessantly lapping on the sandy beach,
We have it all!
We are endowed with the same pristine air,
We are blessed with the same sweet water gushing from the womb of the earth -the fountains, the lakes, the rivers, the oceans.
Nature does not discriminate.
Someone can’t breathe - how can we breathe?
Although there is no dearth of air around us.
For some mysterious reason we forgot to care!
Our pride, our arrogance, intolerance, our lack of sensitivity,
We forgot to be the human beings we should be!
Another senseless brutal loss - too many when one is unforgivable,
Is history going to pardon?Are we ashamed!
Are we lowering our heads!
Does skin-colour mean anything except an environmental phenomena?
Black and White - two sides of a coin.
Can we exist without one or the other?
Two children of the same Mother Earth!
Still this is happening - one part has everything,
Nothing for the other!
How can that be justice for the highest entity on Earth!
Let’s all breathe the same air around us,
With no worry, with no fear.
Someone has changed our life forever
By sacrificing his own.
Second Place: I Can't Breathe Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Richard Lamoureux
Copyright © Malabika Ray Choudhury | Year Posted 2020
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