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The Dance Of Poverty

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The Dance Of Poverty

The Dance Of PovertyThe dance of poverty woe,
(Oh the cold);
the dance that sorrow knows
and throws
...at each and every one us.

We starve, we pain, we weep
we reify the woes we keep.

Within our chest, which beats-
lies a forgotten heart that bleeds,
to the rhythm of the broken drum
of abandonment.

Beat the drum, kick it, tell it "it is worthless"
and forget it. 
The drum will lie there in the streets regardless;
abandoned for the world to see.

It is the tragic tale of system abuse 
and abandonment.

It is a dance eternal;

It is a forbidden ritual;

It is a tale of life and death;

It is poverty...

now forget it.

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  1. Date: 2/17/2011 3:11:00 PM

    Thank you for your very thought provoking poetry. It made me realize, further, that I don't live in the real world and I don't think I ever have......maybe that's a good thing.... Thank you

  1. Date: 2/7/2011 11:17:00 AM

    Michael, You've described all the attributes of being poor so accurately..the feelings of worthlessness, abandonment, yet, I believe the worst kind of poverty is poverty of the spirit, when one is so lacking in humanity...though full of greed, hypocrosy and all only focused on oneself. This is awesome and well-written. Definitely one for my favs. list. Always, Annalise