I follow Niamh Clune’s blog “On the Plum Tree.” When she started blogging about the problems in Sahel Africa, I didn’t comment on the posts. She blogged about people being hungry and not being able to grow food because of a drought. I didn’t comment on any of the posts because I really didn’t know what to say. The problem is so big.
Dr. Clune then announced that she was having a charity event to help raise money for a foundation called SOS Sahel and she asked that artists, writers and poets to send in work for a book that she was putting together to sell to raise money to help the people of Sahel. Dr. Clune asked me if I would think about sending something in. I didn’t think that I could really do anything. I kept thinking that the problem is so big. I decided to write how I feel about it. My sister wanted to send a painting in. She said she wanted to tie hope and love to a balloon and send it to Africa to help the people there. I wanted to post it on my blog but she wanted to post it on hers so please click HERE to go see it
Dr. Clune put together a whole book of art, music and poetry and is hosting a charity event today and an art auction tomorrow. Click on the book cover to find out more. My poem and Josie’s painting are in the book along with great works from people all over the world!
This is the poem I wrote -
By Erik W., Age 10
That’s what I am.
What can I do?
The problem is so BIG,
And I feel so small.
I could write a poem.
That poem will be read by at least
Seven people, who now know.
Those seven people will tell their friends.
Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians.
Ordinary people who care.
They tell their friends.
Soon the news is spreading.
Help comes really soon to the people,
A world away from me.
Crops are planted, water is fresh.
There is time for school.
A child may be able to have the things
Every child should have.
I begin to realize, there is a chance
I can help, at least,