Wax And Wane — Crescita E Declino

Narra la leggenda che le ricchezze dei ricchi sono una buona cosa per tutti,
E una tale favola ha avuto così tante rappresentazioni che è facile
Essere indotti a pensare che questa sia la verità.
Ma quando vedo gli occhi dei poveri starsene in disparte nella loro nuda miseria,
E metto a confronto quegli sguardi con l'avidità personale e l'impudicizia morale
Della maggior parte dei ricchi, sento montare il disgusto dentro l'anima
E ho coscienza di condividere la più stretta fratellanza con i più poveri dei poveri.

Potrò mai descrivere tutto questo? Forse, ma voi dovrete ascoltarmi,
Non scacciarmi come cenere portata via dal vento.
Così, come un novello cantore, me ne andrò come barca che lasci gli ormeggi,
Attraversando un ponte dopo l’altro, asciugando qualche bruciante lacrima ed
Evocando il volto che ebbi quando venni al mondo.

Le udite? Come messaggeri che giungano da troppo lontano,
Le parole vanno e vengono, narrando di un mondo ingiusto ed insensato,
Rivelando inquietanti realtà private e mettendo i miei timori a nudo.

Novello cantore, canterò la vita, ma solo
Per accorgermi di non sapere che cosa significhi salvare davvero
Questo presente e un qualsiasi possibile futuro.
Perché il mondo non ha più miracoli da mostrare —Ed è questo
Il più doloroso tradimento.

by Fabrizio Frosini

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From OXFAM report, January 2016: - The 62 Richest People On Earth Now Hold As Much Wealth As The Poorest 3.5 Billion - The richest 1 percent of the world’s population now own half the world’s wealth. Oxfam's report also points a finger at tax dodging and urges governments worldwide to get a handle on tax avoidance by wealthy individuals and corporations. ''It’s a significant loss to governments, '' Kripke said. The rich use exotic strategies to park money so that it’s invisible and inaccessible to governments, who could redistribute those dollars to their citizens, he said. ''We need reform on this.'' Today,62 ultra-rich people, mostly white men, have as much wealth as the bottom 50% of humanity. Five years ago, it took 388 rich people to achieve that status. The wealth of these richest 62 has increased an astonishing 44% since 2010, to $1.76 trillion. In the same period, the wealth of the bottom half of the world dropped by 41%. _________________ JUST 'INEQUALITY'? _________________ Gawain Kripke, Oxfam's Policy Director, points out that wide inequality is no longer seen as an 'unfortunate consequence' of economic growth. Indeed, many economists - among them, Thomas Piketty - contend that ''gross inequality actually slows down growth'', as fewer people can afford to buy stuff, and ''creates economic and political instability''. It takes cash and assets worth $68,800 to get into the top 10%, and $760,000 to be in the 1%. ''Instead of an economy that works for the prosperity of all, for future generations, and for the planet, we have instead created an economy for the 1%, '' Oxfam's report says. Oxfam calls on governments to take action to reverse this trend. Recommendations: - workers have to be paid a living wage; - the gap with executive rewards to be narrowed; - end to the gender pay gap; - compensation for unpaid care; - promotion of equal land and inheritance rights for women (in many parts of the world women have no rights!) : - governments have to take action on lobbying; - reducing the price of medicines; - taxing wealth rather than consumption; - using progressive public spending to tackle inequality. _________________________________________________ This is our world.. the world all of us have contributed to 'create'! _________________________________________________
this is the ITALIAN translation of my poem ''WAX AND WANE''