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Nothing Left To Give

When despots buy bullets and guns
we wade through blood to deliver.
And take their cash without remorse
while victims convulse and quiver.

Big egos and pampered palates
impose subsistence starvation.
And enforced illiteracy
results in numbing stagnation.

Children suckle on bitter tears
scratching a living from the earth.
And there’s no escaping their pain
hunger's a penalty of birth.

Governments exploit their people
when they’re too weak to resist.
And their rights are an afterthought
to nations drooling to assist.

A weapon of mass destruction
fear undermines their will to live.
For they're stripped of everything
until there's nothing left to give.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2015

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Date: 3/14/2018 12:44:00 PM
Strong message. The 3rd and 4th stanzas are my favourites. Well done, Emile.
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Emile Pinet
Date: 3/14/2018 2:03:00 PM
Thanks Line, your comments and support are much appreciated, Emile.
Date: 3/7/2015 6:35:00 PM
freaking me out now, emile your imagery is very clear and succinct
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Date: 3/8/2015 10:22:00 AM
What can I say after praise like that, thank you Steven. Emile.
Date: 1/16/2015 1:23:00 PM
A powerful poem that reflects the outlook of our world. All the things that happen in different nations behind the scenes or even in front of our faces.
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Date: 1/16/2015 1:28:00 PM
Thanks Ty, your comments are insightful and appreciated. Emile.