I Am A Human Being, Too,.

When you waken in the morning
To breakfast off the laden table
Think of me!
When you raise that first cup of coffee
To your lips and drink it down,
Think of me.
When you take another croissant
And a second cup of coffee,
Think of me.

When you complain about the cost
Of gasoline and keeping daily house,
Think of me.
When you turn away good food
And say it’s not quite what you want,
Think of me.
When you want to treat your children
To that latest video game,
Think of me.
When you want to prink and preen
And dance away till dawn,
Think of me.
When you sleep in your warm bed
Safe and sound from harm,
Think of me.

And now you ask me, who am I
and what am I to you?
Well, I am the little boy
Who you see in Sunday’s papers
Whose belly is distended and
Who hasn’t long to live.
I am the little boy
Who will go without again
And millions like me
Every day whilst others follow
Greed and never stop to think
That everything they waste would keep
and feed my family for a month.

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In a world of abundance, children die every minute of the day from starvation and malnutrition. In America, there is a surfeit of fat children and the UK is not that far behind. Children whine when they cannot have the latest electronic gizmo or another fizzy pop drink. They complain at having to go to school and when there, half of them do their best to be excluded. i would be tempted to leave them and their over indulgent parents in the Sudanese desert for a 3 month period and then lets hear them moan. Modern man, in the developed world in self centred, selfish and self indulgent usually without a thought for anyone else but himself. He had better wake up and smell teh flowers before they are all gone.

After a working lifetime spent in visual communication of one sort of another, Andrew is now happily retired and living in peace and harmony with the world and his adored wife Bonnie, a retired opera singer and active voice teacher. They live in north Devon UK.within 10 minutes walk from the sea.

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  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 5 years ago

    -Wonderfully written. Makes your heart go out for these children as you put them as a first person in this piece. Not only do we have to think of them, but also have to thank God for what we have and acknowledge that there are others who don’t. Sad, but a truth to deal with Iris

  • A truth we all have to deal with Iris. The sooner the better as well even if we in the so called first world have to put up with a lot less. We are all God’s children but some of us are naughtier than others.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Christie  Moses
    Christie Mosesabout 5 years ago

    OH this brought a lump to my throat and goosebumps! So true…this is a subject I could talk on for hours….heartwrenching and real!
    So sad that people never stop to think of those less fortunate, but instead want to complain about all the blessings they DO have. A real shame.
    Wonderful tribute to the ones without voice, from a beautiful heart.
    xxo

  • And that is exactly what we all should do, Christie. We should all talk bout it for hours and, at the end, resolve to bloody well DO something about the thousands of poor helpless kids who die unnecessarily every minute of every day. I detest the lofty politician who says that we are given aid and really, if they wish to improve their lot they have to start to help themselves. That may be true and, in fact, I suspect that it is but,tell me, my darling girl, how does a young toddler ask for help when he or she is weak and dying of malnutrition. I am sorry but it makes me weep with frustration and anger at the complacency of a lot of people all over the developed world who seem to care not one damn fig about their fellow human being elsewhere. I pray to God each night to find a solution.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • RaOrEmraeh
    RaOrEmraehabout 5 years ago

    If there is one thing I’ve learned in life, it is to appreciate all I have and to try to not harp on what I don’t have. In observing a parent-child conversation, I once overheard the parent tell the child to stop playing with their food because there are children starving around the world. The child asked if they would not starve if she ate it. The parent explained that food is to eat, why it is eaten and that there are children who don’t have food. She then went on to explain how they send money through (dont’ remember the name of the organization) so that some of these children could eat and while it might be fun to play with the food, it’s much better to eat it because these other children would love to have it. I hope one day to be a parent like that. Excellent write Andrew. You have a wonderful heart.

  • Than k you, Cass. I am sure that you will make a super parent.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • bill bell
    bill bellabout 5 years ago

    You do have a wonderful heart Andrew, comes through in your writing. This time of year, every time of year kids shouldn’t be forgotten.

  • Thanks Bill. Nice of you to comment. I appreciate it.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • BikerAngie
    BikerAngieabout 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for you honest portrayal of the lost children so many of us do not think of. this was a very moving piece of witting

    GBU
    Biker

  • Thank you for commenting, Angie.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • STREETJEANS SIGNATURE CREATIONS
    STREETJEANS SI...about 5 years ago

    Awesome… Very needed message,,,we are to spoiled in this world. I tell my grandkids they cannot be not wasteful with anything. You are right it is all of our responsibility. The church I use to go to had a tree with Kids pictures on it, we were to take a picture and get the child a gift, the rich in the church as well as the decon’s laughed. It was heartbreaking that a childs face had to be on a tree as poor, but it was dispicable to see that attitude, in “GOD” house…
    Thanks for this message… I to ask God for help for our children, in all ways…:-)

  • God and Mammon do not mix, Anna. Thanks for your comment.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful, generous spirit you are. Yes, we must do what we can to help and stop complaining when we have it so good compared to others. xoxoxo

  • Right on, sister.

    – Andrew Bailey

  • Yvonne Churchley
    Yvonne Churchleyabout 5 years ago

    You send out a great message in your words :)

  • Thanks. That’s the idea. Get people thin king especially at this time of year

    – Andrew Bailey

  • David  Parkin
    David Parkinabout 5 years ago

    Amen to that Brother :-)

  • Cheers, Bro!

    – Andrew Bailey

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