Unappreciated Wealth

A brief poem about the value of our well being. The poem includes a line or two giving a glimpse on the detrimental effect of smoking. The inadequate effects of smoking that kill more than 480,000 people in a year.

By Ilma Khan

Published 11:59 EST, Sat December 4th, 2021

Health is wealth

Health is value

Health is luxury

Health is your well-being

But it is our substandard conclusions 

That makes us poor 

That make us sick

That makes it a struggle

To spread love 

To breathe fresh air 

To dream.

A breath of fresh air

Will never feel fresh

Will never feel clean

The smoke 

The fog

The grey cloud of vapor

The fumes of tobacco 

Will always encompass you 

Will always lead to an illness

From lung cancer to heart disease

Your body 

Your wealth 

The riches you cherish most 

The luxuries you breathe with 

Will suffocate 

Will smother 

Till the end.


By Ilma Khan

Ilma Khan is a student from Texas. She is a tennis player who is looking to continue playing in college and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She is currently interested in the fields of medicine specifically neurology and cardiology and hopes to become a cardiothoracic surgeon in the future!

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