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SEGUN RASAKI

Rookie (10/18/1963 / Nigeria)

Poverty


The entity that is dreaded by all but ever present everywhere, a non-respecter of age,
Poverty does not have regard for race, nor nationality, as it is present in every part of the globe,
Poverty breeds diseases, it has siblings like misery, ignorance, illiteracy, dejection, rejection, degradation, agony,
Poverty means the difference between haves and have-nots, the rich and the poor, the upper and the lower class,
Poverty is a quick destroyer of human as it makes people ‘sell' lots of things including conscience, and destroys self-esteem,

Poverty, what a curse that has a spectrum; from mild, relative, to abject poverty,
Poverty is a monster that destroys families, communities and societies, always a bad commodity in the market place,
Poverty determines how you get treated by the society, and you are loathed for your status,
Poverty gets written all over you once you are in the lower class, caste system in every society is a celebration and endorsement of poverty as social classification,
Some societies believe you are born into poverty and you should be in poverty for life, please ask who is a 'Dalit' in Asia,
Poverty makes people call you 'Church rat', the basics of everyday living become luxuries to the poor,
Poverty robs you of dignity, it robs you of a chance to be heard, as ‘ no good ideas come from the poor',

Poverty in father, poverty in mother, definitely rubs off on the children, poverty is a disease difficult to cure,
Poverty is a giant monster that can only be tamed by dedicated hard-work, prayers as Jabez did, and may seem un-surmountable, may be intimidating, but can be defeated,
Every mother discusses poverty with her kids, how terrible and merciless of a character is poverty,
Poverty is the character every father tells its fairy tale and the importance of using education as weapon to attack it,
Poverty an equal opportunity degrader of a person, multiple acronyms have been given to poverty in every culture and society.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,953 Points Walterrean Salley (9/29/2014 4:14:00 AM)

    An excellent poem on a very broken condition among humanity. I agree... down with poverty. Away with it. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Bagenda Remmy (5/17/2013 5:57:00 AM)

    great coverage of it; hopefully it starts respecting you
    read mine and comment....bagenda remmy (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 19,033 Points Gajanan Mishra (3/26/2013 9:52:00 PM)

    poverty in ever culture and society. I like it. thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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