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Levi Tafari can be viewed performing this poem on the JECH web site at: http://www.jech.com/misc/poems.shtml with children from Windsor Street School in Liverpool, UK. The Editors would like to thank Windsor Street School and National Museums Liverpool (http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk) for their help with the filming of this performance.
I want to write a poem
to express the way I feel
but the EARTH is inna very sad state
and this time it’s for real
I cannot write this poem
because of western culture
which has used up most of the EARTH’S resources
and put her under pressure
Minerals don’t exist no more
there’s no solution
there is no cure
And now it seems an impossibility
to finish this piece of poetry
do you know what is restricting me?
the pencil I am holding is LEAD FREE!
This poem was originally published in Tafari L. Rhyme Don’t Pay. Wirral, UK: Headland Publications, 1993 (available from Headland Publications at 38 York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 3JF), and is reproduced in the JECH with the author’s permission.
Tafari Poem Collection
This poem is one of a collection of eight poems by Levi Tafari on environmental health.
A recording (video and audio) of this and three other poems from the collection are available.
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