A Gift

If I ruled the world,
Though I’d never wish to,
With banners unfurled
I’d gift it to you-
To you who are poor,
Who are lowly and weak,
To you who have nothing
And never dare speak
To you who have knowledge
Who’ve seen what’s been done
Who study this world
And know how it’s run
To you who ask little
And suffer so deep
Who’d care for this world
and it safely keep
Then maybe I’d sit back
And know that these lands
Were shared and protected
And in very good hands
But for now is this world
Torn by folly and greed
And lusting for power
Trumps all our need.

E.M. Swift-Hook

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