What if? by Lemn Sissay

13 Dec

A lost number in the equation
A simple, understandable miscalculation
And what if on the basis of that
The world as we know it changed its matter of fact

Let me get it right. What if we got it wrong?
What if we weakened ourselves getting strong?
What if we found in the ground a file of proof?
What if the foundations missed a vital truth?
What if the industrial dream sold us out from within?
What if our unpunishable defense sealed us in?
What if our wanted more was making less?
And what if all of this wasn’t progress?

Let me get it right. What if we got it wrong?
What if we weakened ourselves getting strong?
What if our wanting more was making less?
And what if all of this wasn’t progress?
What if the disappearing rivers of Eritrea,
the rising tides and encroaching fear
What if the tear inside the protective skin
of Earth was trying to tell us something?

Let me get it right. What if we got it wrong?
What if we weakened ourselves getting strong?
What if the message carried in the wind was saying something?
From butterfly wings to the hurricane
It’s the small things that make great change
In the question towards the end of the leases
no longer the origin but the end of species

Let me get it right. What if we got it wrong?
What if the message carried in the wind was saying something?

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2 Responses to “What if? by Lemn Sissay”

  1. lemn sissay December 14, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    The line breaks in this are all wrong. It is written in four line verses whcih rhyme on the second and fourth line. If you are going to put up my poem please change it so it looks right… thankyou folks 🙂

    • aytingb December 14, 2009 at 3:23 am #

      Hello Lemn! Thank you for correcting me. I was unsuccessful in getting the correct format online, so I just wrote it up from the short film. I tried my best to correct it but I got confused near the end. Please correct me. It is greatly appreciated! And thank you for writing this beautiful poem.

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