So Small, So Vital

Pretty coffeebean
beckons the grain of rice
don’t look so despondent
you’re not alone
remember, we’re humans’ mainstay
without us most people would
look distraught or die of hunger
you tickle their buds and pep them up
with your intoxicating aroma
whilst I challenge the imagination
of chefs around the world
who honor me in so many
delicious recipes

The arrogance,
counters the grain of salt
what would humanity do without us?
their food would be tasteless
and their life totally bleak
then too, if they abuse us
we have the power to make them ill
and even shorten their lifeline
we command respect

Ho ho, butts in the grain of sand
listen to these three
bragging about their fate
they get eaten and done with
whereas I live on, eternally
yes, forever and ever,
and humans either fear us
or consider our multitude
with awe and admiration
for we can’t be escaped
and every year that passes
our deserts expand
leaving them less space
to grow their food
and drying their wells
so who’s the winner here?

All of you would go
down the drain
if I didn’t exist,
murmurs the grain of hope
as a soft breeze
blows their way.

Albert Russo

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Albert Russo who has published worldwide over 70 books of poetry, fiction and photography, in English and in French, his two mother-tongues, is a Belgian poet recipient of many awards, such as The American Society of Writers Fiction Award, The British Diversity Short Story Award, several New York Poetry Forum Awards, Amelia Prose and Poetry awards and the Prix Colette, among others. His work has been translated into a dozen languages, including German, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Bengali and Polish, and broadcast by the World Service of the BBC, publishing on the five continents, in 25 countries. He has also garnered several prizes for his photography books, Indie Excellence awards, among others. He was also a member of the 1996 jury for the prestigious Neustadt International Prize for Literature which often leads to the Nobel Prize of Literature.

Last updated May 27, 2019