A Dollar a Day

Millions of children are dying right now
For lack of some beans or a bowlful of grain
The cost of survival’s so low but somehow
It seems that so few are aware of their pain.

I think that so few are aware because I
Prefer to believe they don’t know what goes on
Don’t know that so many poor people must die
Because they don’t have enough food to live on.

And I think that because the world isn’t aware
That for this sole reason the world doesn’t give
And that it’s not because they just do not care
That children are dying whom we could help live.

If the world knew the starving ones all could be fed
Sufficiently on what we daily discard
On some black beans and rice or a loaf of stale bread-
I know it’s not due to their hearts being hard.

I know that you will do what’s within your power
To transform the world at this critical hour
When one person in nine is now fading away
For the terrible lack of a dollar a day.

A dollar a day is what it takes to feed
A starving young child in this hour of need
For a dollar a day you could be that ones saint
Save his life, change his world, and end his lament.

A dollar a day you now throw away
A dollar a day you don’t need
But a dollar a day is a miracle
That all of the starving could feed.

A beautiful sunset bore witness today
Of one hundred thousand who faded away
Because they had nothing to drink or to eat
They starved slowly to death and fell at our feet.

Millions of children are starving to death
As one in nine people are starving on Earth
And we could save them all with a dollar a day
But we avert our eyes while they’re fading away.

Remember we’ll stand someday before the throne
Of the One whom these victims describes as his own
And his anger will burn as He judges those who
Did not feed his sheep as He told us to do.

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