SOMALIA (AND IN OUR WORLD OF PLENTY)

a poem by William Willis, Scotland

Sterile fields, devoid of wheat
Wheat to let our children eat
Eat the grain that feeds our world
Our world is so unfairly furrowed
Furrowed sunlight, ravenous child
Ravenous child, forgotten smiles
Smiles, a memory, a final breath
That breath snatched by void of death
Death is now on all our hands
Redeem our hands across these lands

Redeem our hands across these lands
My land, your land, its in our hands
Healing hands, that bring not death
To jaws of death, give kiss of breath
Sick breath of child, God's clouds have smiled
Smiled and wept for you sick child
Child with brow no longer furrowed
Furrowed plains across this world
A better world where all can eat
Eat and pray for rain and wheat

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