Time to Get Serious

hello out there
have you thought about:

the oceans are all dying
the economy’s in the tank
wars start with the government lying
and generals and arms dealers to thank.

the air gives our kids asthma
the weather’s gone beserk
there’s toxins in our plasma
and millions out of work.

supergerms collect in pools
behind every hospital door
there’s no money for our schools
still the army cries for more.

the cities will be flooded
as the ice not so slowly melts
fukushima’s radiation is included
echoing hiroshima’s brutal welts.

the stock market is soaring
we’ll close our eyes until we crash
the bankers aren’t lending
your money just their private stash.

the ads show cute people with smart phones
changing the world or just shifting screens?
the super-rich live in luxury homes
you can see in magazines.

guns do kill, we all know it
in our schools and on the street
without them kids aren’t deadly
just throwing punches not deadly metal sleet.

Monsanto tampers with the seeds of life
And ruins poor farmers who won’t play ball
While big pharma pushes lifestyle drugs
And leaves antibiotics out in the hall.

but Kim and Khloe are very happy
and are quickly getting rich
I don’t blame them but people really
does your tv have a turn-off switch?

do you care what Cruise’s kids look like
or who should draft that left tackle from Tennessee
do you stay up after midnight
posting facebook photos no one wants to see?

I don’t mean to sound alarmist
But it’s our kids’ futures I’m talking about
Of people I may not be the calmest
But I don’t think it’s weird to want to shout
You’re human not an ostrich
Pull your head out from the sand
Take a breath and give yourself a lift
And lend the world a helping hand.

This blog also appears on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/barton-kunstler-phd/time-to-get-serious_b_3287725.html

1 Comment

  1. May 19, 2013  8:19 pm by Chuck Reply

    Looks to me like the makings of a good song. Time to write the music for it.

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