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  • 25.
    The Eviction

    In early morning twilight, raw and chill,
    Damp vapours brooding on the barren hill,
    Through miles of mire in steady grave array
    Threescore well-arm'd police pursue their way;
    Each tall and bearded man a rifle swings,
    And under each greatcoat a bayonet clings:
    The Sheriff on his sturdy cob astride
    Talks with the chief, who marches by their side,
    And, creeping on behind them, Paudeen Dhu
    Pretends his needful duty much to rue.
    Six big-boned labourers, clad in common freize,
    Walk in the midst, the Sheriff's staunch allies;
    Six crowbar men, from distant county brought, -
    Orange, and glorying in their work, 'tis thought,
    But wrongly,- churls of Catholics are they,
    And merely hired at half a crown a day.

    The hamlet clustering on its hill is seen,
    A score of petty homesteads, dark and mean;
    Poor always, not despairing until now;
    Long used, as well as poverty knows how,
    With life's oppressive trifles to contend.
    This day will bring its history to an end.
    Moveless and grim against the cottage walls
    Lean a few silent men: but someone calls
    Far off; and then a child 'without a stitch'
    Runs out of doors, flies back with piercing screech,
    And soon from house to house is heard the cry
    Of female sorrow, swelling loud and high,
    Which makes the men blaspheme between their teeth.
    Meanwhile, o'er fence and watery field beneath,
    The little army moves through drizzling rain;
    A 'Crowbar' leads the Sheriff's nag; the lane
    Is enter'd, and their plashing tramp draws near,
    One instant, outcry holds its breath to hear
    'Halt! ' - at the doors they form in double line,
    And ranks of polish'd rifles wetly shine.

    The Sheriff's painful duty must be done;
    He begs for quiet-and the work's begun.
    The strong stand ready; now appear the rest,
    Girl, matron, grandsire, baby on the breast,
    And Rosy's thin face on a pallet borne;
    A motley concourse, feeble and forlorn.
    One old man, tears upon his wrinkled cheek,
    Stands trembling on a threshold, tries to speak,
    But, in defect of any word for this,
    Mutely upon the doorpost prints a kiss,
    Then passes out for ever. Through the crowd
    The children run bewilder'd, wailing loud;
    Where needed most, the men combine their aid;
    And, last of all, is Oona forth convey'd,
    Reclined in her accustom'd strawen chair,
    Her aged eyelids closed, her thick white hair
    Escaping from her cap; she feels the chill,
    Looks round and murmurs, then again is still.
    Now bring the remnants of each household fire;
    On the wet ground the hissing coals expire;
    And Paudeen Dhu, with meekly dismal face,
    Receives the full possession of the place. read more »

  • 26.
    The Lovers of the Poor

    arrive. The Ladies from the Ladies' Betterment League
    Arrive in the afternoon, the late light slanting
    In diluted gold bars across the boulevard brag
    Of proud, seamed faces with mercy and murder hinting read more »

  • 27.
    Cape Breton

    Out on the high "bird islands," Ciboux and Hertford,
    the razorbill auks and the silly-looking puffins all stand
    with their backs to the mainland
    in solemn, uneven lines along the cliff's brown grass-frayed edge, read more »

  • 28.

    THE SUNNY rounds of Earth contain
    An obverse to its Day,
    Our fertile Vagrancy’s domain,
    Wan Proletaria. read more »

  • 29.

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  • 30.
    Fragments - Lines 0173 - 0178

    Of all things it is poverty that most subdues a noble man,
    More even than hoary old age, Kyrnos, or fever;
    Indeed, to avoid it one should even throw oneself into the sea's
    Deep gulfs, Kyrnos, or off sheer cliffs. read more »

  • 31.
    Simon Lee: The Old Huntsman

    . With an incident in which he was concerned
    In the sweet shire of Cardigan,
    Not far from pleasant Ivor-hall,
    An old Man dwells, a little man,-- read more »

  • 32.
    Ave Caesar

    No bitterness: our ancestors did it.
    They were only ignorant and hopeful, they wanted freedom but wealth too.
    Their children will learn to hope for a Caesar.
    Or rather--for we are not aquiline Romans but soft mixed colonists-- read more »

  • 33.
    The Planet On The Table

    Ariel was glad he had written his poems.
    They were of a remembered time
    Or of something seen that he liked. read more »

  • 34.
    Hod Putt

    Here I lie close to the grave
    Of Old Bill Piersol,
    Who grew rich trading with the indians, and who
    Afterwards took the bankrupt law read more »

  • 35.

    Because my teeth are feebly few
    I cannot bolt my grub like you,
    But have to chew and chew and chew
    As you can see; read more »

  • 36.
    Corny Bill

    His old clay pipe stuck in his mouth,
    His hat pushed from his brow,
    His dress best fitted for the South -- read more »

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  3. Problem Of Today's Era, maharshi trivedi
  4. A Bucket full of Slang, Aftab Alam
  5. Nature Knows The Poor, Omaru Seinu Abdulgafar
  6. Never try to justify the poverty, Aftab Alam
  7. The flag of victory, Aftab Alam
  8. And what is poverty, gajanan mishra
  9. Swing Notes and Anarchist (Poverty), C Jay Caputo
  10. Poverty In The 21st Century, Winston Harding
  11. the crowned hero, Farida Gulani
  12. Poverty, Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  13. poverty is a gift, Mark Heathcote
  14. Poverty, Paola Degli Esposti
  15. Goodbye Poverty, ambitious blessing
  16. To Laugh At, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  17. Poverty Knock, Justin Reamer
  18. Humble Bumble Bee Beginnings, Shirley Morgan
  19. Poverty, Ajala Samuel Akindele
  20. Poverty And Due To Poverty, gajanan mishra
  21. Generous Poverty, Suu Casey Young
  22. Poverty, Pragya Bajpai
  23. Unrest, hasmukh amathalal
  25. Forgotten In The The Sea Of Life, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  26. Poverty, Sophia Engel
  27. Poverty, Harshit Agrawal
  28. The curse of poverty, ramesh rai
  29. Poverty, SEGUN RASAKI
  30. Heaven and Hell both are here, Somanathan Iyer
  31. I hate poverty, Asif Andalib
  32. Ode to Poverty, john tiong chunghoo
  33. O' Murderous Poverty, LIGHTCHEERFUL BRIGGS
  34. The Suicide Note, Asif Andalib
  35. Poverty, Sydney La Roche
  36. Passionate Poverty, john sensele
  37. Poem Of Poverty, Millosh Gjergj Nikolla
  38. Poverty Is A Curse., Saleem Tharani
  39. (Africa poems) I wallow alone in my pov.., BrokenHeartPheko Motaung
  40. THE POVERTY, hortensia handy
  41. Poverty, gajanan mishra
  42. Bills To Pay And The Money Lenders, veeraiyah subbulakshmi
  43. April, March! Soldiers Search for HUNGER.., Harindhar Reddy
  44. Rousseau Goes Zen, M Barton
  45. Wings, Mary Jesusa Villegas
  46. April, March! Soldiers Search for HUNGER.., Harindhar Reddy
  47. MAMPI: A GIRL OF 11, Pranab K. Chakraborty
  48. The Shadow Inside My Shadow, Eric Cockrell
  49. Poem Of Our Souls', Senator alufalism
  50. Spectators Of Poverty, Mojalefa Owami Mogakane
  51. Poverty, Mallory Martin
  52. 21st century cries., salma. torrez
  53. Poem Of Poverty, Migjeni
  54. Song, Poverty Parts Good Company, Joanna Baillie
  55. Blaqpearl, Yolanda Mbatha
  56. Poverty, Ricky Baker
  58. Poverty, Nicki Faith
  59. WHEN DOES POVERTY GET POOR, terrence beckford
  60. Life's reaction; My action, Adedolapo Olisa
  61. Sympathies dry, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  62. 35, RIC S. BASTASA
  63. about the cause and the effect, RIC S. BASTASA
  64. romancing the poverty of other people, RIC S. BASTASA
  65. The problematic child, Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  66. Poverty, Meera Meenakshi Sundharam
  68. Poverty Doesn’t Laugh, Mehreen Mujeeb
  69. Hope bleeds gradually, Adrian Wait
  70. Poverty, George Sicillia
  71. Help For The Poor, Joyce Hemsley
  72. Poverty-II, Palas Kumar Ray
  73. Poverty-I, Palas Kumar Ray
  74. The Laborer, Sadiqullah Khan
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