Poem by Chantal Do
To aid or not to aid: that is the question:
Whether ‘tis better for others to suffer
The baskets of maize from lands of foreign,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by giving end them. To listen: to dictate;
No more; and by dead aid to say we end
The malnutrition, and the thousand natural shocks
That the lands are bound to, ‘tis a consummation
Devoutly to be evaded. To listen, to dictate;
To listen: perchance to care: ay there's the rub;
For in that aid, corruption arises,
When we’ve extracted all resources,
Must give us pause; there’s the alliance
That grants access to exploitation;
For who would bear the prosperity and not the graves.
The poem is modelled on Mr. Shakespeare's famous lines form Hamlet.
Chantal Do is a second-year student at UC Davis majoring in International Agricultural Development (with an emphasis on Economics & Trade). Chantal hopes to make a change in the world so that less people have to suffer.
Now more than ever
These poems have been submitted to the call for poetry "Now more than ever"