Thursday, 16 October 2014

'One Percent'

What we need is Jesus with his fishes and loaves,
or some other untainted modern miracle.
I can’t believe that GM crops can ever be the way to go.
Here in the West, for example, we eat too much meat.
Why do we when we know we don’t need to?
Why don’t we just stop and think about it properly?
There has to be a way to put these things right.
There has to be something we can do.

The plain fact is there are too many of us
and some of us are living that much longer.
Not all of us, mind. It’s a bit of a lottery,
but, that said, it’s still pretty much true
so long as you are PLU,
wealthy and, preferably, white.
Nevertheless, it’s time to get a grip
and pay attention to over-population.
While Marx blusters and Engels weeps,
the spectre of Malthus just grins.

Meanwhile, the wealthy 1%
get richer by the minute
while those at the bottom get
all the shit and, also, most of the blame.
Did you know, for example, half the world’s people
own less than 1% of the good stuff?
Why don’t we just stopand think about it, properly?
There has to be a way to put things right.

But, then again, there are those who would say
there are other ways to solve this problem.
Wars and plagues control populations:
hasn't that been Nature’s way?
I heard today on the radio 
how somewhere far away
a mother feared to nurse her sick children.
While Marx blusters and Engels weeps,
Malthus capers and grins.

Abigail Wyatt

Abigail Wyatt writes poetry and short fiction. She lives in the shadow of Carn Brea near Redruth in Cornwall. You can find out more here