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  • Writer's pictureBelinda Lane

Discussion: Mayday, Mayday, Mayday

April 9, 2021 (Please view Poetry Section)

"Mayday, Mayday, Mayday!”


“Danger, Danger!”


On June 12, 2020, I posted my blog ‘Mother Earth is in the Intensive Care Unit on life support. I described the Earth in agony. I described the Earth as a living organism. When you sow seeds into the earth, it gives back to you a crop. We cut our lawn every two weeks both for the health of the lawn and for appearance. We put the seeds for our home and outdoor plants into the soil and the plants grow and flourish. What we don’t normally think about daily is that the Earth is a living organism. There’s a pressure coming from the Earth using our voice shouting out "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday”. Danger signals of SOS and an outcry for help are echoing around the earth.

For the United States, we elect individuals to represent, supposedly working towards a goal for us to reside in harmony with one another. (We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America). The leadership (s) of our country are smearing their opponents vying for a position. Parties refuse to work together for the good of the people, instead it is for the promotion of their agenda. I may have missed the News article of any politician stating they had met with the people of their individual states to discuss what is best for their particular jurisdictions. And once in Washington the “people’s agenda” either becomes secondary or lost all together. Where are the individuals we sent to represent our voice? I certainly understand we have people with differences in their personal views and what they want for the State. With this stated, I wish to focus now on our children, that small voice in the background.

When I meant by our children, I am talking about the population especially under 18 years old. As they are watching the world, what are their fears of what they see going on? The conversations parent (s) are having with their children are based on their race. And depending on their race, it relates to on how to act and react when approached in society. As they recite with one hand over our heart. “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We hear daily over the News ‘justice is not for all.’

I remember Art Linkletter show, “Kids Say the Darnest Things” and later hosted by Bill Cosby. We learned firsthand how children thought about what goes on around them. In my day it was ‘Children are to be seen and not heard’! Among ourselves we saw a lot of things which we talked about to each other. I felt our adults should have listened, rather than requiring us to be seen only. We must have candid discussions with our children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Our world is constantly developing. The younger generation will not tolerate what we have undertaken. The newer generations don’t relate as divided race and culture as did their parents. It is the older generation that is operating today on how things used to be. When I look at the youth, it comes with the full realization that they are the ones moving us into the future to bring about unity in a form we haven’t experienced.

Our youth will be the ones that can stand and salute our flag and mean it when they say…

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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