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Unwed Teen Mothers and Poverty

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Unwed Teen Mothers and Poverty

At internet dating sites secrets are hidden
On his roller coaster of lies, Pam had ridden
Though she agreed to meet Joe in a public park
The sun had already set; it was growing dark

No families or lovers were strolling around
When Jim came from behind and pushed Pam to the ground
Pam went home and was afraid to tell her parents
In four months there was a change in her appearance

Pam left home and started living on the streets
Turning away from every stranger she’d meet
‘Neath neon lights on a cardboard box she lay
Night after night, visiting soup kitchens by day

In her eighth month she found a home for pregnant teens
As her mom endured the torment of fearful dreams
Time neared and Pam called home crying, “Mom, I’ve done wrong!”
Grateful mom said, “Dear, I’d have been there all along"

Lifting Pam up from the grasp of dire poverty
Her parents welcomed the newborn to their family
If she hadn’t made that call, Pam would not have known
The comfort she’d receive in her parents’ fine home



* Entry for Gwendolen’s “Mom, I’m Pregnant” contest.

According to Douglas J. Besharov with the University of Maryland’s School of Public 
Policy, almost half of all families headed by women under age 18 have incomes 
below the poverty line. This is almost five times the poverty rate of two-parent 
families with children. 

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  1. Date: 9/17/2011 10:33:00 AM
    The reality of it all is astounding and the pathos of your verse tells all with such sadness. Beautifully done Carolyn

  1. Date: 8/21/2011 12:52:00 PM
    Carolyn, Teenage pregnancy has such a devastating financial effect on teens..u captured that thot well in your winning piece. Confused by uncertainty, many don't realize how much their parents truly care. I also love your last lines--if she hadn't made that call, Pam would not have known, the comfort she'd receive in her parent's home!... Her own lil manger with gifts of a king lie in wait! Ahhhhhh. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 5:09:00 PM
    You are such a wonderful poet.You have detailed this so beautifully luv....You will do great in this contest.Thanks for all your support..Kacey

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 1:51:00 PM
    There is more media relating to teenage pregnancies, yet there appears to be more pregnancies. Fine piece on a so real situation in today's society Carolyn. Good luck in Gwendolen's contest....:)

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 1:36:00 PM
    Good poem. Well done.

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 9:23:00 PM
    Sad fate of many people who trust someone they have only met through internet social web-sites. The people in this country for the most part have given up living a moral life, and end up in trouble. Good rhyme Carolyn, good luck in this contest. Love gf

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 3:11:00 PM
    Creepy things occur on those internet dating sites. Look what happened to this poor girl. I'm glad she was able to be with her parents in the end. The statistics you quoted about unwed mothers and poverty are not surprising. Good luck in the contest. Best to you, Diane

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 2:15:00 PM
    yes very sad poem, yet these things do happen. a great write and wish your luck in the contest.

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 1:47:00 PM
    Such a sad, moving poem - and with a lovely ending. A sure winner, my friend : ) I hope the money tree works for the lady in your poem - it hasn't worked for us yet LOL

    Devonshire Avatar Carolyn Devonshire
    Date: 5/20/2011 2:36:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    :) My mother bought a money tree and it didn't work for us. C'est la vie ...
  1. Date: 5/20/2011 1:36:00 PM
    Overwhelmed reading this tragic tale of the brave girl, Carolyn.

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 1:09:00 PM
    Oh, and good luck in the contest! :)

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 1:07:00 PM
    Awesome narrative well penned and rhymed, Carolyn! Indeed thank God she made that call. Very much a reality check for many roaming the internet in search of someone to love. Not recommended at all. Thanks for bringing that up Carolyn. Thank you for your nice comments on my poems, and a friend you are to me, feeling privileged to be in the company of such awesome people like you. Love, Caroline.