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The Suffering for Greed -Poetry & Audio- by Susan Patterson

Monday, August 24th 2015 @ 10:00 AM

The Suffering for Greed - Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

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The Suffering for Greed

We take too much,
You and I.  
Name an element,
Air, earth, fire  
Or water.  
We take too much.

We don’t ask,
In our continual search for
More shelter, more fuel.
It is a painful but perpetual
Ravage that we inflict
Upon that which is
Not ours alone.   

The thing is,
If we ever gave thought to do so,
We would not even know

How to ask for that which we want
From those who are
Not of our kind.
We only speak the one language
Of avarice with its many
Rationalized dialects.
We take too much.  

A young hawk
Flew into the big window
Of our big house
Today
And died moments after.
We listened to its
Mother’s constant call.
We took too much.
  

Susan Patterson, 2011


Author Comments:
 

My apologies, right off the bat for posting this sad and depressing poem.  It is not in my heart to bring sorrow to my readers.  But the poem has a point.  And it is fairly obvious.  We need to think about how we fit in with the rest of the animal inhabitants of this earth.  Are we good at sharing?  Can we, should we be better?  Are we being greedy with what we use?   It is something to consider and possibly to act upon.  Thank you for your attention.   skp

 

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSON who on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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