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Me First

May 26, 2009
By Inkspired PLATINUM, Whitby, Other
Inkspired PLATINUM, Whitby, Other
26 articles 0 photos 493 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If one will scoff at the study of language, how, save in terms of language, will one scoff?" - Mario Pei
"I write for the same reason I breathe - because if I didn't, I would die." Isaac Asimov


Everywhere you find these three:
In Africa where they labour in
the barren desert,
Malnourished and poor;
In Peru where they trudge through mines,
And carelessly dump mercury,
to find that lump of gold to nourish their families;
Whilst we are enthroned upon our pedestals of

Spewing carbon and waste into the


We could aid so many,
Most aid themselves,
For why would I waste my

On someone I don't know,
when I could be enjoying myself?
Forgive me, I forgot,
Me first.

The author's comments:
Just something I wrote. I wanted to write something that meant something. Hope it makes you want to get up and do something!

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This article has 8 comments.

on Dec. 27 2009 at 3:08 pm
AndThisIsReal PLATINUM, Broadalbin, New York
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Favorite Quote:
Dans chaque fil il y a un debut.

I appreciate your comments so much, they honestly make me smile.

Flow and rhythm...great.

Going green seems to be the new fashion statement, but this poem has real meaning.

I just like it!

Nice Nice Nice Nice.

Keep writing. :)

ErumK said...
on Aug. 28 2009 at 1:13 pm
ErumK, Bayan, Other
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Amazingly powerful, last stanza was incredible and really leaves a strong impression on the reader and makes them think. You have a flair for poetry and should definatley keep writing. I myself only have one poem up here...

on Jun. 24 2009 at 6:37 pm
Blue-eyed_Hippy-chick, Barry, Texas
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Very true. Really like it. I love your work. Check me out sometime. once they actually post some of my work. It still hasn't been put on yet

on Jun. 21 2009 at 9:11 pm
RainWashed PLATINUM, Park City, Utah
46 articles 1 photo 86 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Repeat the good and the bad. Do it all again. And pile on the years."

THis was really good! Your writing is very addictive and i enjoy reading what you write. You should never give up writing and this really really makes you think. Actually makes you think about everything you're not doing instead of all the things you are doing. Very very good.

graduated said...
on Jun. 20 2009 at 4:09 pm
graduated, Mattapoisett, Massachusetts
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WOW. Wow wow wow. Thank you for writing this... it hit me especially hard because I just finished an article on how my school is going green.

on Jun. 12 2009 at 12:09 am
RheaD.Ravenfinger BRONZE, Juneau, Alaska
4 articles 0 photos 94 comments

Favorite Quote:
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Hmmm . . . . very interesting. I like the last bit. Very good.

on Jun. 10 2009 at 8:19 pm
windswift DIAMOND, Arvada, Colorado
80 articles 0 photos 91 comments

Favorite Quote:
let it burn, suffering teaches the soul; let it grow, love nourishes the heart.

i liked this poem a lot, it reminds me of the multiple times that ive tried to get people to relise that our world is the only world we will get, so try to take care of it. i wrote an article on the subject, and it siad people need to take a stand and protect our earth. i give this poem a five out of five, the reason being because i see it as the 100% truth. ive had no access to a computer lately, so ive been unable to submit new things. i hope to get my own computer soon. ill write back as soon as possible. see you later.

on Jun. 8 2009 at 4:15 am
FreakyEyed DIAMOND, Juneau, Alaska
53 articles 29 photos 111 comments

Favorite Quote:
"This, too, will pass."

Ouch--- very powerful... I like the simple-mindedness in it... it just fits the selfishness of the title and the concept: 'Me First'...