Friday, 23 May 2014

'Measuring Wealth'

Is your city overcrowded and polluted,
or did you wake up to birdsong
peacefully, after sufficient sleep?

Are there trees outside your windows?
Green and open spaces, where
anyone’s children can play?

Do you work reasonable hours,
earn enough to live pleasantly? 
Exchange smiles daily with neighbours?

Your daughters, are they educated?
Can they choose how to dress,
who to marry, like your sons?

If, after clean water, food and shelter,
you have a washing machine
you are fortunate indeed.

 700 million people in the world
lack glasses, and would love to see
happiness up close, focused correctly.

© Sue Norton

Photograph by David Rowland