A Gift for Santa
POETRY FORMAT, 16 July 2012
by David Inkey, UN Poet – TRANSCEND Media Service
I want to live in a world where the past tense, the present tense,
and the future tense–all avoid pre-tense.
I want to live in a world where the future protects the past…
and, where, without question or doubt, the past protects the future…
this may be the greatest present we may ask for.
I want all of the best dreams of all ages to be the “our story” of the future.
I want all the horrors of all our pasts to be forgiven,
miscellaneous errors of ignorance……………….
miserably multiplied by unmitigated arrogance.
I want to live in a world where no child will ever ask why did you save my life?
I do not want to live in a world where children ask us,
the well-fed, the educated, the healthy, the rich, the powerful,
“innocent questions” for which I have no innocent answers.
Dr. Noel David Burleson is an international civil servant focusing on peace, ecology, girls education, water, population and development. As retired UNESCO advisor to UNICEF, he writes with his duonym “david inkey”. After receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard in Social Relations/Social Anthropology, he served as a consultant on family planning and population issues to the International Labor Organization, World Health Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. He is the self-appointed president of Antarctica University and was three times named (by colleagues) the UN Philosopher. Until the UN finds time to name its own Poet Laureate, he assumes this role, as well.
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