Treasure Island

Winston Harding


Poverty In The 21st Century


It's the 21st century
The media displays it day and night,
Poverty.
Poverty across the globe lies
Poverty cries out from the belly of little boys
Little girls, parents too
Desperately searching for food,
Shelter, clothing, for love,
Companion, for attention
Those with plenty, refuse
To amend, a world haunted by
Poverty.

Is poverty affecting the rich?
Are their poverty the same
As the poor in financial constrains?
For they, too, poverty of love
I see poverty in the learned
I see poverty in those whose
Selfish acts are destroying society.
I see poverty in all level of humanity

The world is still an imperfect place
Yet life is still beautiful, the wind
Blows, we see it not, give thanks
For what you possess, now go,
Help if you can along the way,
Help to eradicate poverty
In your surrounding, widen
Your boundary across your
Country, to nations of the world.

Help to fight poverty, now!

Winston Harding

Submitted: Saturday, July 12, 2014

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This poem was written because of the conditioning of our world, as I see it today. For the hope of humanity, I would like to see a more humane world, a world where we try to treat each other with respect, love and understanding. Why, oh why, are so many people living in poverty when there are so much products in the world? Something is wrong!

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