Thursday, March 21, 2013

First World Problems

Another rough draft of something I came up with this week. Not sure I've nailed it down but the idea is in there somewhere. I call it First World Problems even though the only things listed are really found in Third World countries, at least for now that is. It's kind of a reverse thing.

First World Problems

I didn’t wake up today dreading
The fear of what could come
No dogs hung from a street light
No menacing messages attached
no electricity to light my way
because the plant blew up again
Nobody in my neighborhood
Disappeared into a van
Never to be seen alive again

My first world problems don’t include
The fact that my house is four poles
Covered by plastic walls and a tin roof
No running water, no heat, no air conditioning
Nature gives all that is available
I wasn’t abandoned by my family
Or made to work instead of school
Scraping by to have enough to eat
Grateful for the crumbs that fall to me

My first world problems don't include these

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

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