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They suffer in silence
Crooked hospital beds
of the third world
Limbs chopped
Smeared blood
poke a dot red
Modestly stained
into complacent normalcy

They suffer in silence
Because they are too proud
Blind optimism
Bridged gaps blasted
Selling out
for the next generation
No place to go
Glancing in the inevitable direction
of lonely
third world death

They suffer in silence
The children who will never see the other side
Their bulging bellies purr
Searching for scattered donations
from mother earth

They suffer in silence
The second hand roars
O third world
I swear by you
Die proud
Die proud




Billy Harfosh currently lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He is originally from Syracuse, New York. Billy was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1985 during the Lebanese civil war. For the last year Billy has been writing in Southeast Asia. He has been published both nationally and internationally. Billy has no children, no responsibilities and one suitcase, he hopes to keep it that way. Please email William.Harfosh@gmail.com with any questions or comments.