When They Poisoned the Pests, I Didn’t Care

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When they poisoned the pests,

I didn’t care, because I wasn’t a pest…

When they poisoned the frogs,

I didn’t care, because I was not a frog…

When they poisoned the birds,

I didn’t care, because I wasn’t a bird…

When they poisoned the air,

I didn’t care, because it was on the other side of the planet…

When they poisoned the ocean,

I didn’t care, because I wasn’t a fish…

When they poisoned the lands,

I didn’t care, because it wasn’t near my land…

When they poisoned the people,

I didn’t care, because it wasn’t anyone in my family…

(besides, those people with MCS/ES were acting all crazy, wanting me to change my laundry products, stop using fragrances, and get rid of my wi-fi, among other things)

When they poisoned the food,

I didn’t care, because it wasn’t affecting me…

When the poisons in me poisoned my unborn children, and they were born with birth defects and challenging chronic diseases,

I cared, but I had cancer and I was dying…

But there was no-one left to care for us… everyone else was dying too…

~ linda sepp

Based on true stories, inspired by Rachel Carson and Martin Niemoller

do you care
First they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

~ Martin Niemoller
Niemoller was a Pastor and former junior officer in the Germany Navy who created multiple versions of the text (according to unverified sources on the internet).

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I don’t like to leave people feeling grim, so I’ll close with a quote from Dr Seuss:

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12 responses to “When They Poisoned the Pests, I Didn’t Care

  1. Great post. it is so easy to ignore a problem if it doesn’t directly affect us.

  2. Beautiful words, Linda. ‘When They Poisoned the Pests, I Didn’t Care’ touched my heart. You are a gifted writer. 🐰

  3. Pingback: Imagine Being Disabled, Confined, and Invisible | Seriously "Sensitive" to Pollution

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