Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play (live, Majikat - Earth Tour 1976) With My Poetic Response From 2003:

In Response To Cat Stevens Earnest Question
By Ric A Ohge (c) 2003
Where do the children play?

By thousands of sewers.
running through the mud
of shanty towns.

In meadows of imagination
beside the untiring machines
of thousands of factories.

In secret visions
dreaming beneath the earth,
or in steep pits wielding picks
and hammers to yield the earth’s bounty.

They laugh wondering at butterflies,
brightly colored blossoms, and insects
in the baking heat of the ripening fields,
chasing maimed pets and friends
among fields of land mines and the
mass graves of a hundred wars,
dodging the slings and arrows,
automatic gunfire and artillery shells,
seeing flights of angels in the thunder
fire of jets circling the burning cities.

They gaze in wonder as they stare back
into the compound eyes of the relentless
flies, while drifting to a still and final torpor
in the dust of a third world pest hole,
running…hiding among broken buildings
with wooden guns, and their parent’s words,
fighting bravely in mock battles,
until errant projectiles topple them forever.

They mostly run through the golden fields
and shining hills of heaven where it seems
to the angel of death, they arrive daily
by boatloads-these war babies.

That’s where the children play.

This is a response to a song-actually one of my favorites, as in it's time it addressed a real quandary. However time keeps moving, the question needed some new answers in a world grown more dangerous to children and other living things. That was 2003...now we have Yemen, Gaza & Palestine-JUST for starters...the "angel of death" must gob-smacked by now.

https://youtu.be/xunG9jWd1TY
Yusuf/Cat Stevens 6/17/19
Yusuf / Cat Stevens - Where Do The Children Play (live, Majikat - Earth Tour 1976) With My Poetic Response From 2003: In Response To Cat Stevens Earnest Question By Ric A Ohge (c) 2003 Where do the children play? By thousands of sewers. running through the mud of shanty towns. In meadows of imagination beside the untiring machines of thousands of factories. In secret visions dreaming beneath the earth, or in steep pits wielding picks and hammers to yield the earth’s bounty. They laugh wondering at butterflies, brightly colored blossoms, and insects in the baking heat of the ripening fields, chasing maimed pets and friends among fields of land mines and the mass graves of a hundred wars, dodging the slings and arrows, automatic gunfire and artillery shells, seeing flights of angels in the thunder fire of jets circling the burning cities. They gaze in wonder as they stare back into the compound eyes of the relentless flies, while drifting to a still and final torpor in the dust of a third world pest hole, running…hiding among broken buildings with wooden guns, and their parent’s words, fighting bravely in mock battles, until errant projectiles topple them forever. They mostly run through the golden fields and shining hills of heaven where it seems to the angel of death, they arrive daily by boatloads-these war babies. That’s where the children play. This is a response to a song-actually one of my favorites, as in it's time it addressed a real quandary. However time keeps moving, the question needed some new answers in a world grown more dangerous to children and other living things. That was 2003...now we have Yemen, Gaza & Palestine-JUST for starters...the "angel of death" must gob-smacked by now. https://youtu.be/xunG9jWd1TY Yusuf/Cat Stevens 6/17/19
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