Why, can we put a man on the moon and make the guilty pay, but we can’t stop world hunger
or find a cure for AIDS?
Why are we always in a cross about this thing called religion, are we not searching for the same thing
whether Muslim, Jew or Christian?
Why has the country been at war for the past fourteen years, over a presidents lie, people die
while their loved ones shed tears.
Why are people now getting upset about the economy? Is it because big business and
corporations are now losing money?
Why does it cost more to incarcerate and less to educate me, but you won’t help me go to college
instead, you’d rather lock me up and throw away the key?
Why does America want other governments to fold, becoming democracies, when these
people have lived this way for centuries before the United States was a country?
Why didn’t the government fix the levees they predicted would fail if New Orleans got hit
by a storm like Katrina, now these folks have no home, no city or can’t get paid by
insurance or help by FEMA?
Why are Blacks underrepresented in the social landscape, over represented in the courts,
minorities in the business professions but a majority in entertainment and sports?
Why does it feel we are not rising out of our plight but sinking deeper, can I be my brothers
keeper instead of his reaper?
Why when the rich prosper, the laws in effect are all good; but when they lose money, laws
change, affecting the trailer parks and the hood?
Why when Sri Lanka got hit by the tsunami, we sent over a hundred mil in aid, but on the
home front, we can’t find the money to help our elders pay for medical aid?
Why was it so easy to find Sadaam, the leader of a whole country, but couldn’t discover
Bin Laden in almost forever who only commands a small army?
Why when I write lines like this, pointing out Black and White issues, they call me a bigot?
What? No one loves the truth anymore? Why can’t I just be a realist?
– Thomas D. Payne