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Man, the Destroyer


Raw sewage and industrial waste flows across international borders New River passes from Mexicali to Calexico, California

Man, the Destroyer

Is it too much to ask
That our water be clean,
By sewage
Leaking into our dams?
Is it too much to ask
That our leaders appoint
Competent, knowledgeable people
To manage our cities,
Towns, townships
And rural communities
So that they have access
To clean, potable water.
Is it too much to ask
That such appointees
Put self-interest aside
To serve the people
And perform their tasks
To the best of their ability.
Is it too much to ask
That people not performing
Up to standard
Are given notice to quit
Not handshakes of gold
For non-performance.
If things continue
The way they are,
With rewards for nothing,
Our beautiful Rainbow Nation
Will wither and die,
Imploding on itself
Left to vultures and maggots
To clean the cesspool
Caused by mismanagement.

Water pollution
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater).
Water pollution affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water; and, in almost all cases the effect is damaging either to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.
Water pollution occurs when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds.

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Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

10 thoughts on “Man, the Destroyer

  1. Morning adee, this seems to be a theme on a lot of minds at the moment.
    You may want to read this poet’s take on the BP disaster:


    • It makes me so angry that incompetence in our case and money/power in the case of BP and other giant multinationals is responsible for so much harm to our planet. Thanks for the link – wouldn’t work off the email (error message), but off the blog it worked fine!


      • Adee… it is not only the BP case… U might have heard about the Bhopal Gas Tragedy that took place in one of the cities in central India in 1984 which according to some estimate was the worst industrial disaster till date killing 15000+ people (and some other sources claim the deaths to be 25000+). Whatever it is the apathy of the system is frustrating at all levels 😦


        • I don’t understand people at all. Sometimes one or two deaths can cause a huge outcry, but the deaths of thousands, although regretted, is not as powerful as it should be. Is it because the first is more ‘personal’ whereas the second is hard to comprehend.
          I hadn’t heard of the tragedy but our news was not as widespread then. The problem as I see it is that anything and everything can be rationalised, like accountants balancing the books!


  2. May be it is too much to ask for from the so called the leaders of our “fate”
    Well said Adee


  3. i see we were thinking on similar veins. it is a shame what we do to our planet and particuarly water…as we think we dont need it to live…


  4. It’s sad that we even have to ask for clean water, and for services to be run honestly and properly.


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