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I hold here in my hand
two hundred days of food and drink
or the life of Mihag Gedi Farah
who is teetering on the brink.

His tiny throat is dry as sand
his wrinkly belly holds a void
Despite my shame, I’m just glad
I didn’t buy an Android.

© Richard Sanders 2011-2013


Today’s featured poem comes from Richard Sanders. Short and sweet, and highly critical of the consumerism of our world. Richard uses this poem to make us look at ourselves and our motivations, our sense of worth and love for a comfortable life. It also has another depth of meaning: that of the blind spot we all have when it comes to the suffering of others. In an age of information overload and a widening gap between the haves and the have-nots, this piece commands us all to take a long hard look at ourselves. We may find that  when and if we do, we are left wanting.

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