The world is in trouble

David Kapp, Belthorn Estate

The world is in trouble

exclaims a cricket commentator

perchance quite unaware

of the portent of his statement

(that bling-bling assemblage

of West Indian male-cricketers

were inexplicably routing

a World XI in a charity match)

The world is in trouble

a Refugee Food Festival

happens in Cape Town

where enshacked children die by fire

(and there is ritual flooding in

a water-scarce and drought-stricken

junk-status ridden country where

politicians have the luxury of wrangling)

The world is in trouble

(women and children first)

SA’s Child Protection Week

now done like we have to

protect children from ourselves

(women and the girl-child

come much later in Nov-December

with 16 Days of Activism

when the besuited folks grandstand

and solicit their pound of flesh)

The world is in trouble

a whale dies in Thai waters

vomiting plastic

(8 kilogrammes there are)

The world is in trouble

and it is not just

at cricket