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21ST-CENTURY POETRY There is no alternative

Every time someone says there is no alternative
Tell them the forests are burning
The skies are filled with blood chocking smog
Every time someone tells you there is no alternative
Tell them the oceans are vomiting plastic
The oceans are swallowing us whole

Every time someone dares
To look you in the eye
And proclaim that what we have right now
Is the best possible arrangement of things
Tell them
That in the name of economies, of money, of greed
We let Death with a crown claim lives
And slaughter free
Until hundreds of thousands have died

Antoniy Georgiev teaches at an English Academy in China. In his spare time he writes poems, essays and fiction. 21st-century Poetry is edited by Andy Croft, email info@smokestack-books.co.uk

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