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Child Poverty  

“I wish I wave will come take me
out to the sea, and I wish I were 
a mermaid with a rock of my own.
The girl of twelve smiled as not 
quite believing her dream.

From the favela in Rio, not much
going or her, a petty thief or 
a prostitute, her choices are few 
Let her dream of a rock and hope 
it becomes true one day soon. 

Copyright © jan oskar hansen

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  1. Date: 5/3/2013 7:54:00 AM
    Dear Jan - What a tender disguise you've given this dreadful reality. I didn't know the word/place favela and googled it. The photos are devastating. I know the words are empty and many say they have answers, but why does the world have to be so? I need to count my blessings and be grateful more. Yes, I have a wicked humor; you should know what I hold back. Gallows humor for the galley of the ancient mariner.

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    Date: 5/3/2013 1:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    thank you Kathy