Out of This World

We are the poorest land owners
even with the most precious minerals
buried below the surface of our land

We are illiterate, void of education
isolated from the global economy
Nature’s richness doesn’t translate
into food, shelter or safety here

The world comes to us
ask us to sell our backyard
for ten years’ worth of living expenses
We queue up to sign away our rights

In three years time
the world drives us out like slump dogs
from their luxury resorts
built on our backyard

We are out of this world