Aren’t As Clever As We Think

There’s so many amazing things we can do

and we’ve become obsessed with all things new.

New inventions, updated technologies, alternate links,

But we aren’t as clever as we think.

 

Smart phones are smarter than their owners,

transplants of organs to the sick from the donors,

e-mails zapped worldwide in a blink

but we aren’t as clever as we think.

 

Tractors with screens have the means

to help farmers produce more beans.

But still there is hunger and not enough to drink

Because we aren’t as clever as we think.

 

We go to war rather than wait for it to come to us

and wonder why there’s hatred, revenge and distrust.

The poor languish on the ultimate brink

and still we believe we’re cleverer than we think.

 

Selling our forests has a new name

It’s called city footbridge and cricket game.

Overloaded refugee boats sink

and remarkably, we aren’t as clever as we think.

 

The list goes on as is plain to see

and on this night why should it bother me?

So, to poetry let us all drink

and keep believing that we’re cleverer than we think.

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