Poem in response to Partnerships for the Goals
17 Sustainable Development Goals
By Grace Muresan
1. The first UN Goal in no poverty
To give support to those with little personal property
To raise their lives’ quality
Is our first priority
Everyone deserves the basic commodities.
2. The second goal is Zero hunger
So starving will never have to encumber
The dreams of an ambitious youngster,
Let’s take down the number
Of people who must wonder
What’s it like to be full?
3. The Third UN Goal is Good Health and Well Being
To give people the medical help they are seeking
This goal is overseeing
How people are receiving
The care they are needing
Treating and healing
Even those with preceding
Bills that are exceeding
Their personal funding.
4. The 4th UN goal is Quality education
So that people are provided with necessary information
In intuitive anticipation
That they’ll get a good occupation
And improve the economy of their nation.
5. The fifth goal is Gender Equality
In all honesty
We are treated with less quality,
As in society
Puts men in authority
6. The 6th goal is Clean Water and Sanitation
Flint, Michigan, Pakistan, Ghana, and other countries’ deprivation
Of adequate hydration
Is an aberration,
And a simple relocation
Of funds for a fixation
To the dehydration
Is an obligation.
7. The 7th goal is clean and affordable energy
Using fossil fuels generously
Puts our climate and atmosphere in jeopardy
Let the mining jobs of yesterday
Fade right out of memory
As solar, wind, and hydro come complimentary
With cleanliness and efficiency.
8. Goal #8 is Decent Work and Economic Growth
What else do I care about but both
Putting food on the table and in the closet clothes
No time for sloth
I made an oath
For my children to have healthy growth
I always loathe
How people behoove
You expect me to care as my children starve?
9. The 9th goal is Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
We live in a world where advanced architecture
Has become almost a culture
But only for national superpowers.
Other countries still rely on agriculture
Why should we care about our luxury,
When our brothers in another country
Are in a stricture,
Their economic structures
Don’t allow mass manufacture
We must be the conductor
For their better future.
10. The tenth goal is Reduced Inequalities
Don’t belittle because of disabilities
Different personalities, ideologies, oddities, policies should be for equity
Why is gay matrimony
And not the “mental instability”
11. The 11th UN Goal is Sustainable Cities and Communities
People need the opportunities
To live with adequate amenities
Just because the world’s extremities
Seem like economic vanities
Out of our social unity
Doesn’t mean that when there are calamities
We will not feel the affinities.
12. The 12th goal is Responsible Consumption and Production
Has wasting food become an addiction?
Don’t be tempted by food’s seduction
What you buy needs a reduction
Our food system could use reconstruction
Because a clear disruption
From the system’s perfection
Is because people buy an excess-ion
Of their favorite sustainment
Then as soon as it is regarded with repulsion
Away into the garbage it is jettisoned.
13. The 13th UN goal is Climate Action
Did you know that only a fraction
Of people don’t think clean energy expansion
Is an overreaction
For them mining coal is a tradition, a passion
Short-term money is a distraction
From the impaction of inaction
This ignorant satisfaction
With energy from oil extraction
May lead to our world’s destruction.
14. The 14th goal is Life Under Water
Some don’t know how much our oceans matter
Our endangered list isn’t any shorter
We need to make a border
Stop fishing only for dollars
Regard the waters with honor
Our fishing systems need to be altered;
We’re just watching, unmoving, as their populations falter.
15. Goal #15 is Life on Land
The fact that animals that have been banned
Are still being hunted down to the very last stand
Like a rare sort of brand
The system of our Earth is grand
With its 8.7 million different species at hand
But a single one, yes, it’s us, man
Have the power, the command,
To reduce our beautiful world to a lifeless wasteland.
16. The 16th Goal is Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Most courts, as of now, are pretty good solutions
To serve justice and find accurate retributions
But have you seen what really needs a revolution?
Gun laws – yes, their totally legal distribution
Dumping chemicals into rivers and ignorantly causing pollution
Then lying about policies and never bringing them into execution
We can’t just find a short-term way, solving through substitution
Maybe, just maybe, we’ll make our own more relevant constitution.
17. The 17th goal and the very last is Partnerships for the Goals
Every country in the UN has a role
In keeping peace, and our world in our controls
We have to stay whole
Hand in hand, united souls
One person can’t do all the toil
We must keep a patrol
Division ruins our world, tears holes
And if things stay without working to reach a purpose
Everyone, everything will pay the toll.