Poverty Doesn’t Laugh

February 16, 2013
By laurendolowich BRONZE, Brookville, New York
laurendolowich BRONZE, Brookville, New York
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Favorite Quote:
People change, things go wrong, but just remember, life goes on.


I am your worst nightmare
Robbing you of shelter
Granting you depression
And the burden of discrimination

You search for warmth in cold winter nights
The yoke of debt on your shoulders
I am the root of your famished teeth,
The shame of searching through rubbish for something to eat

I tear through innocent lives
Shredding relationships like a tiger with his prey
Hard to prevent and easy to stay
I can’t be chased away quickly.

In the blink of an eye I change a life,
It’s a robbery but not a crime.
I render paupers voiceless, humorless
but never timid
never hopeless.


The author's comments:
Widespread unemployment and the disappearance of certain industries have led to financial hardship for many families in this country. Poverty is a frightening reality for many families.

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on Feb. 22 2013 at 6:54 am
cornflower_glass SILVER, Seongbuk-gu, Other
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oh, wow...this poem was simply beautiful. :( It speaks directly to the heart with simple, unpretentious, yet sophisticated language that really stands out. Love it! And thanks for making me feel a twinge of nostalgia on reading this poem...poverty is an experience that almost everyone goes through at least once in their lives, isn't it?:)

on Feb. 21 2013 at 2:23 pm
ChrisJ PLATINUM, Rochester, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.

This is so true and so sad, really good job!


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