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Nation is getting richer

We are getting poorer

You say Poverty is crime

We say change your line

Criminals are treated better

Jails are their abode

Anyway get easy fodder

We live in the open

Destined to live in hunger

Crime Pays, Poverty is sin

Is Poverty a Crime?

Change your line.

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  1. Date: 12/17/2010 10:37:00 AM
    very thought provoking write! this is the kind of poetry that I wish to see more of! Truth! check out my poem "New World" touching on similar thoughts.

  1. Date: 12/10/2010 6:03:00 AM
    Sursh,poverty is not a crime by nature.But in present world it is made a villain.Nicely written.

  1. Date: 12/10/2010 3:59:00 AM
    lovely lines make one ponder and pry think again where will all these lead will we ever emerge to be free

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 10:33:00 PM
    Suresh, I just learned that prisoners in the local jain have remote controls for their televisions. With no lack of food, heat and air conditioning it seems like crime DOES pay. There are so many homeless who would be grateful for such a lifestyle. A poignant poem with a message that needs to be heard by government leaders. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/9/2010 9:47:00 PM
    nice feeling my friend...thanks for raising the issue like this....