CREDIT: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/meanestindian/4195782519/">Meena Kadri</a> (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">CC</a>).
CREDIT: Meena Kadri (CC).

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Commentary: POEM: Tomorrow's Child

Aug 20, 2013

In a world of many, much, and more We seem to have lost the things that matter most The beauty of the rising sun and shifting wind The purity of the water we drink We want fast cars, quick sales, and bigger mills To keep up with the Jacks, Joneses, and Jills So we demolish hills to make landfills That pollute the soil, our food, and push up our medical bills To get better we spend megabucks on R&D When the commonsense solution is plain to see The cures are painless, bloodless, endless But when doc is through we are penniless We rise again to chase another trinket before it's too late A step closer to God's heavenly gates We say we want, we need, we must save for tomorrow's child Who has to be better, quicker, and smarter to run that extra mile We think he needs a big house, a great education, and a good job But the air he breathes is smog We want him to wine and dine with nothing but the best Little do we know his food is laced with lead, his milk with melamine But it happened in someone else's backyard, and that's fine We plunder, destroy, and invade for a better future For that child of tomorrow Who is our captive prisoner He can't protest His trust implicit Yet we break his faith again, again For tomorrow's child never knows He's on a rosy path to the gallows.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This poem is dedicated to Amit and Tarini Ramchandani and was written to convey the imperative of sustainability. As geographical lines blur due to trade and markets, so does the need to view responsible business as a means to ensure survival. It's possible to do well by doing good, what is needed is innovative thinking and a commitment to making a positive difference.

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