Today (in a material world)

Earthquake, tsunami, thousands die;
Toxic rain from a purple sky;
Nuclear reactor core meltdown,
Radiation wipes out a town.
Blame game arguments already started,
Can’t bring back their dear departed.

“Those disasters are so far away.
The market’s down ten points today.”

Twelve year old with drug addict Mum
Partnered by a criminal bum.
How can they pay for their next fix?
Force the girl to turn a few tricks.
Child pornography, sex for sale;
Kid’s in foster care, mother’s in gaol.

“Throw away the key” you say,
“Sold a house for a million today.”

Innocents caught in a civil war,
No idea what the fighting is for.
Join the flood of refugees,
Over the border they fall to their knees.
Behind barbed wire they struggle to cope,
Homeless, hungry, bereft of hope.

“Don’t have time to stop and pray.
Interest rates are up today.”

Working father goes out of his mind,
Depression from debts and the daily grind.
Plays poker machines, hoping to win;
Spending more and more as he gets sucked in.
Embezzles a fortune and loses the lot;
Ends it all with a pistol shot.

“It’s everyone’s choice what game they play.
My gold mining shares went up today.”

Tony Crehan 2011

Today (in a material world)

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

Artist's Description

A commentary on some of the sad world and local news items of the day and the lack of response from some people in our developed societies, driven by materialism and economic rationalism.

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