I am ashamed
by Mathias Jansson

I am ashamed
that I didn’t dare to say
Blah, blah, blah
to all the world’s leaders

I am ashamed
that I didn’t dare to accuse
all the world’s leaders
of stealing our future

I am ashamed that I am
still writing empty words
still talking and discussing
instead of creating actions and changes
and saving our future

I am ashamed
that I am one of them
my children will accuse
not doing enough to save our planet
leaving them with an uncertain future
and a climate change of hell
instead of making the right decisions
and leaving them the paradise they deserve.

PHOTO: Woman reading Greta Thunberg’s book, No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference. Photo by Carlos Roso on Unsplash.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: As a parent, we make the right decisions so our children will have a better life and a safe future. Still, we are unable to make the right decisions and take action about climate change. If a girl as young as Greta Thunberg can make such a big difference, what could we parents and grownups do if we decide to make the necessary changes to create a sustainable future for our sons, daughters, and grandchildren? If we don’t act now, we should be ashamed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mathias Jansson is a Swedish art critic and poet. He has contributed poetry to a variety of magazines and anthologies, including Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada. He has also contributed to anthologies from Silver Birch Press and other publishers. Visit him at mathiasjansson72.blogspot.