National Education Week - Natalie Merchant

Honor, salute and speak to the corner standing flag
do you remember how the days of school were?

Indivisible separate worlds
compare contrast these dreams absurd

Placid classroom faces breathe in
the features of a demographic death map trilogy
children read them well

Not to bury 3 of 4 sons as the likes of chivalry
not to take 6 of 30 bills to manufacture corpus christi

And so you think it can be so serene?

History's most intolerable famine has clutched our global tranquility
reaped the lives of children
cyclic despair
infanticide clamors to 20 times more in 4th and 5th worlds
the poor have always been beside
and with us death has always been

As millions cease
as millions cease
15 million that's an annual reap

Add divide multiply sum

41 thousand!

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