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Local Man Straps Himself To Tree

By: Nashin Pillay (School of Chemical Eng. and Analytical Science)
Competition Year: 2014
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i don't want to live in a world where man kills man
where people witness genocide, emotionless
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where children cry out at night, waiting for a peace that will come just once
where stupidity and ignorance have destroyed ecosystems, driven species to extinction
where stupidity and ignorance are driving our species to extinction
i don't want to be a part of a civilisation whose demise is imminent
i know too much to belong to this

A bird perched nearby, overhearing, could not resist a reply

It is true what you say of this Earth, our home.
Since Eden man has but thirsted for power,
And without rest this shall continue to the final hour.
The few, like you, are left to continue, alone.
The evils of the Earth will forever ceaselessly roam.
Relations of men will tend invariably to sour.
Warring without rules we know we must scour;
However, so easy is this to forget in the comfort of the homeā€¦
Surrender not, young soul; you have still so much more to learn of this world.
You have not met the Riemanns and Rutherfords of your generation.
You have not lived life through the eyes of another, or visited another nation.
You have not lived through loss, found peace in mourning.
You have not understood the science of being, seen your humanness unfurled.
Most of all, you have not smelled the hair of your love on a sweet Sunday morning.

The bird snapped the tether free
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