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Sad Harvest

Sad Harvest

A Poem by John Alexander McFadyen

How can we stand by and allow such inequality?


Sad Harvest

September sees the last ripening fruit

fall from the trees,

spoil for the birds and mammals

and insects

who patrol our garden.

I have already picked the juiciest of these,

plums and pears and gooseberries,

and stewed them.

Frozen they will eke out

and last a year, in porridge

or a fruit crumble.

I picked each plump fruit by hand,

knowing how fortunate

this luxury makes me,

when across the civilized world

millions starve.



© 2017 John Alexander McFadyen

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World is hungry and USA pay farmer not to farm. USA could feel the complete world if they wanted. You words are true. I saw the starvation in Africa in the nineties. Made me appreciate the USA. Thank you John for sharing the amazing poetry.

Posted 11 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

The world is so unequal and some of us are fortunate. Many thanks Coyote.
Coyote Poetry

11 Months Ago

You are welcome John.
this is truly a tragedy,we throw away enough food each year to feed the world

Posted 11 Months Ago

John Alexander McFadyen

11 Months Ago

Yes and it is so, so sad that we cannot do enough. Yemen, Myanmar, Syria and every part of the world.. read more

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Added on September 20, 2017
Last Updated on September 20, 2017


John Alexander McFadyen
John Alexander McFadyen

Brixworth, England, United Kingdom

Well, have a long and complicated story and started it as an autobiography on Bebo but got writer's block/memory fogging. People liked it though and kept asking for the next chapter! fools.. more..


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