Tag Archives: world hunger

okay, huston, we’ve got a far more immediate problem here

what the hell do we care
whether there’s life on Mars
when we got kids down here
scavenging scraps off garbage tips
towards their next square meal
it’s so surreal the effort we waste
on exploring space when so many
members of the human race die
starving for want of less than a hand-
ful of change (a pittance compared
with an astronaut’s pay)
it’s criminal, it’s insane but still
you fold up your money and put
your wallets away as Hollywood
tells us everything’s a-okay ’cause
we’re ready to launch ourselves
out past the stars, ready to bury
this painful shame from our pasts
and severing at last the ties thereby
of our shared humanity.