One Life to Live
"The Captains of Change (Gaia Star)"
What can we seek from a world with nothing to give
Or ask from those who don’t know how to live
We watch as they spend in abundance and waste
And move about in such hurry and haste
We go through the day with our backs staying bent
Our world must slow, but to what extent,
What is now left from the sweet old days
The simplicity of their lives, the ease of their ways!
Why can’t we rest, let the world be at peace
After all we are just mortals with an un-extendable lease
It can’t be renewed, life can’t be regained
What for our toils? What are our gains?
We are trapped in a world where “we” don’t matter
The simplest of things don’t come on a platter
The things we can’t have, yet we seek to keep
So worried, even the darkness of the night refuses us sleep
What have we come to, why can’t we see
We are part of nature; the oceans and the trees
What do we want, do we even know?
Watching as the world warms for an endless summer without snow
Our peace of mind and rest all in danger
We need to know how we can face terror
The world that we live in, the world that we love
We can’t preserve its peace just by releasing a dove!
The pain, the suffering, the hurt, the anguish,
We can’t just grin and let things languish
As we may lose, we can’t just wait and watch
No, for life isn’t just a game, like hopscotch
What can we do? Who will it take?
How do we get rid of all the hate?
It can’t stay the same, that we sure know,
Leaves will grow back on trees and water will come from snow
*Iha Kaul is currently a sophmore at Andover High School in Andover,MA.
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