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Valleys are blasted;

Earth raped by greed,

Sees unfulfilled need.

Childhoodless children

Tread softly in mines.

Diamonds on fingers;

Within each stone lingers

The spectre of hunger

Exploited for show.

The high cost of vanity,

Lacking humanity,

Devours itself.

The richest want more.

Pursuing false need;

Impossible greed

Pleads aspiration.

We call it romantic,

and some blushing bride

For whom children died,

Knows nothing.

We cover the tracks,

And decency baulks

Because money talks

And is louder than fears

Or the tears of a child.

It is estimated that at least 168 million children in the world are forced to work. More than half of them are in dangerous work in appalling conditions, including mining for gold, diamonds and the minerals that go into our mobile phones. “Worldwide, the ILO estimates that some 22,000 children are killed at work every year. The numbers of those injured or made ill because of their work are not known.” Some of them start work as young as five years old. For most of them, there is no other choice and no other future.





About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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10 Responses to Luxury

  1. davidprosser says:

    It’s frankly disgusting what we’ll turn a blind eye to inn the name of profit.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx


  2. adeleulnais says:

    Reblogged this on firefly465 and commented:
    I did not know the truth behind these words read and share please.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m sure a great many people know nothing of these realities. It’s a hidden tragedy. Good post, Sue. —– Suzanne


  4. dgkaye says:

    Sad, but eloquent. Indeed this world is full of greed. 😦 xo


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