A Haiku - Working For What?

What is most important in your life?

Somewhere I recall hearing that "Self preservation is the first law of nature."  Have we become unnatural men and women?
Somewhere I recall hearing that "Self preservation is the first law of nature." Have we become unnatural men and women? | Source

They worked together. Only the white workers died.

In New Zealand a number of years ago, New Zealanders were working on a project which began rapidly to become flooded. The workers ran, but only the white workers died. When one of the other survivors was asked how that could happen, he said "They ran for their money. We ran for our lives." Ideally a Haiku tells that story in its three lines and 17 syllables. This is my attempt at doing so.

Many ran, brown, white.

Flooding wave claimed only white.

Sought money; sought life.

© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

this one will keep me thinking. maybe a metaphor?... for a wave cannot really distinguish.

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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

they sought life.. wow.. great poem love your work

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Sad, sad place--

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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Super and powerful. I'm all for self-preservation but I definitely don't mind offering a helping hand to those in need.

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Perspycacious 21 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

When death threatens to overrun you, will you stop to pick up your car keys, jacket, or purse? Or will you keep running as fast as you can?

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