7 BILLION PEOPLE
by LIORA SCOP (South Africa)
Issue 2.2 August 2020
They say that 7 billion people stayed home today
2.2 billion children stayed out of school
1.6 billion teens study on their computers
only essential workers peel themselves out of bed in the morning.
The world is silent in anticipation
the rivers have returned
the water lulls peacefully in wait.
They say 7 billion people pray
kneeling, standing, sitting
all for morning prayers.
The earth groans and stretches out its limbs
leaves sway with fresh dew
the sun lazily creeps up into the sky
the birds chirp and the trees whisper.
They say now the earth is clean
just like us.
Liora Scop, 16, is in grade 10. Her goal is to one day become a teen psychologist and work in emergency departments and psych wards. She gets inspiration for her writing from current events in her life or the world, which she hopes will in turn inspire others. As The Little Prince said, “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.” She is also motivated by her teachers, family, and friends.