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What Does One Death Matter?
by Harry E Gilleland
Saturday, August 20, 2011
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A free-verse poem examining whether one death in a large population matters.

A young boy playing
in his backyard
finds a dead sparrow.
His father says,
“Since there are so many
sparrows flying around,
what does it matter?”

Driving to the store,
a teenager sees a dog
run over and killed
crossing the street.
She thinks, ‘So many
dogs are euthanized
by the local pound yearly,
what does this one
dog’s death matter?’

A tourist in Africa
watches a cheetah
chase and bring down
a Thomson’s gazelle.
His guide says,
“These gazelles are
the most plentiful
in all of Africa.
What does one’s
dying matter?”

The couch potato sees
a late-night solicitation
on TV for donations
to save a South American
child from dying
from slow starvation.
She says to her husband,
“The world is already
overpopulated. What does
a few more poverty-stricken
children dying really matter?”

With tears running down
his cheeks, the young boy
gently picks up
the dead,limp sparrow
in his backyard
and replies to his father,
“It mattered a whole lot
to this poor sparrow.”

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Reviewed by Budd Nelson 3/1/2012
again i like your use of the sparrow, the common is never enough praised. to love the loveable is true.
Reviewed by Donna Chandler 8/21/2011
Very well written food for thought. Thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by Glen Manese 8/20/2011
You've used euphemism, in this turn of events in the lines to implicate the ideas to the reader. Tying the end with the young boy saying his final line... Thanks for sharing...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 8/20/2011

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