While you sleep the sleep of the dead,
a child in Africa has no bed.
While you buy your Starbucks coffee,
a mother in Gaza holds her child’s dead body.
While you tweet about Miley’s twerk,
a stressed out soldier just went berserk.
While you gas up the SUV,
fuel tanks burn in Tripoli.
While you head to lunch at noon,
the CIA trains another goon.
While you shop with your credit card,
in Iraq, live the battle scarred.
While you take your dog for a walk,
at a homeless vet, you merely gawk.
While you live a life of privilege,
your whole world is a distorted image.
While you shy away from life,
into our world, evil twists the knife.
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland