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Underwater

Posted: 11/02/2012 8:09 pm

"Storm Propels Bloomberg Into Obama's Corner" -- headline in the New York Times

When the wind is howling and the tunnels start to fill
And the Hudson River rises with the tide
When the streets are deep in sewage like a giant toxic spill
The moment is upon you to decide

When the climate sends a signal that the tipping point is reached
And the oceans start to overrun the land
When the piers are disappearing and the final seawall's breached
Maybe then it's time to take a stand

A hurricane works wonders when it concentrates the mind
The world is going quite insane and many still are blind.
But when the waters drain away look closely and you'll find
The hundred million people who are always left behind.

A rising tide will lift the boat
Of those who can afford one
Money keeps their ships afloat --
And only they can board one

The rest of us can wait and hope
While time keeps growing shorter
Till someone throws us out a rope
We'll keep on treading water

 
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