If only

by Josh Skyler


I live in a world where to hurt is love and to love is pain

I live in a world where the innocent run and the guilty reign

I live in a world where we are taught to be quite but to speak is shamed

I live in a world where we are not unique but all the “same”! Well so they say.


In my world houses are made out of tin

In my world lives are taken before they begin

In my world mothers are left to raise their kids

In my world fathers leave for the shops never to be seen


If only it were up to me

If it were up to me people would not die,

If it were up to me children would not starve

If it were up to me poverty would be eradicated, the environment, decontaminated. Unemployment, under saturated

If it were up to me


If it were up to me love would be our second language

If it were up to respect for one another would be the norm

If it were up to me wars would not exist

If it were up to me all lives would matter, humans would be full of happiness bursting out in laughter


If it were up to me

Refugees would have homes, animals would not go extinct

Children would go to school without the fear of being bullied discriminated against or even shot and killed in the process of getting an education

If it were up to me


If it were up to me we would appreciate time our with one another before it is to late

If it were up to me everyone would take life into their own hands and learn that they create their own fate

If it were up to me we would leave without fear, no guns, no walls, no gates

If it were up to me


But it is up to me, for I am the present, I am the future

My actions today create my reality tomorrow

NO, my actions today create OUR reality tomorrow

I am a part of the new generation, a generation connected

So I choose to make this world a better place today


Because it is up to me.

It is up to you

It is up to us!


Image by Sami Misan, curated by Josh Skyler

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