One

one billion
hunger, toil
the scourge of First World
affluence
we eschew
inconvenient images
then prescribe ways out
we’ve never tried

love for fellows
isn’t handouts
donations
or prescriptions
its interior resonance
the sounds of one
billion
hearts alive tonight

No resistance is strong enough
none die in futility
no innocents in war
though everyone is innocent
bullets dismiss lovers
deny family, deplete youth
disturb truth
relinquish freedoms
expand nothing

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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