Why Do I Care..., poetry written by Nishand Venugopal at Spillwords.com
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Why Do I Care…

Why Do I Care…

written by: Nishand Venugopal



When the forests are on fire, why do I care?
No connectivity in my phone is what gives me scare,
Melting of polar ice caps, why do I care?
I am worried about the impact of the electric bill on my monthly budget share,
Why do I care if wild animals are losing their home?
What if development of a prolific species need ‘sacrifices’, which is a regular social norm,
Why do I care if the resources to survive are burning out?
My race is on to acquire more than what required as there are a lot who tout,
Why do I care about the damage to the environment which is happening without any reason?
I am more afraid of the spoilers in ‘the net’ about the end of my favourite series or season,
Why do I care if plastic is smothering the marine life in the ocean?
I must drink the water packed in plastic which is claimed to be free from pollution,
‘How can not using one bottle or a single use plastic be a solution?’
Lack of cheap, viable, sustainable option leads to more confusion,
Why do I care if other species suffer & some are silently thrown into the black hole of extinction?
‘Oil fuels money, and money rules this world’; like the rats enchanted by the Pied Piper, I am glued to this well marketed notion,
Why do I worry if there is no clean air to breathe?
‘Let the crackers of celebration & the fumes of combustion fire up the sky without any dearth’,
There is a lot to add in the list of why do I care,
It is up to us to think and dare,
By taking time away from the screen & looking ahead to a safe future,
Claim that we do care of what’s happening around us in nature,
The Earth can’t afford more cold-hearted apathy,
To sustain our species, we need the healing touch of empathy…

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