Those bars of attrition are very-real
where life might only be monetary
where survival is counted in days
not in years, and your very next meal
has little nutrition, and feeds the many
and isn't shared equally; in this malaise
people, children die, and so few grow old.
Their sky is a bone-yard of black-sunlight
it's gods own country, but it's like he has left
and the lands a dustbowl, Oh Lord, behold
this plight of hunger you have umpired.
Will this evil suffering be addressed?
It's no Garden of Eden, but we do our best
send us some rations, and we'll do the rest.
Mark Andrew Heathcote is adult learning difficulties support worker, he has 200-plus poems published in journals, magazines, and anthologies both online and in print, he resides in the UK, from Manchester, Mark is the author of “In Perpetuity” and “Back on Earth” two books of poems published by Creative Talents Unleashed.