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Islands of Poverty

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Islands of Poverty

Throughout this prosperous country stands
many forsaken islands of poverty;
There is no need to visit foreign lands
to find children poor and hungry.

Yet charity flows to third world shores
as if blinded by what’s so near;
These islands that lie right outside our door,
that we seem to just hope will disappear.

We refuse to raise the minimum wage
and begrudge them the few food stamps they get;
We call them “lazy”, in fits of rage,
and charity at home we soon forget.

I think it’s great we care for the world,
but not at the expense of the islands here at home;
It’s not the fault of those boys and girls -
we shouldn’t leave them on their own.

In one of the richest countries here on earth
islands of poverty still abound;
What is all this excess worth,
if a way to help cannot be found?

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  1. Date: 3/19/2014 12:11:00 PM
    soupmail

  1. Date: 3/17/2014 9:49:00 AM
    Btw, speaking of worthwhile, brave to you for doing what you do for abused women, walking in their shoes, I will soupmail you something tom to ask something, sorry on my phone and it can get wonky, sleepy now. Thanks!

    p.iNk Avatar binibining p.iNk
    Date: 3/17/2014 9:50:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I meant bravo, but yes i think my phone also thinks you're brave!
  1. Date: 3/17/2014 9:46:00 AM
    Yes, isn't it just ironic how we become too far sighted at times, not seeing how what is in front of us, need our help, or that what we need is right in front of us? I guess sometimes, what happens with the States, is that it tries too much to be the 'big brother', it spreads itself too thinly, at the expense of its citizens. Very worthwhile read for me Joe. :)

  1. Date: 3/15/2014 10:00:00 AM
    Wonderful poem Joe, .. Congratulations on Anthony's Island contest. ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 3/11/2014 6:46:00 PM
    Nice write Joe, you took it to where few dare tread. Thanks for entering my contest congrats. anthony

    Flach Avatar Joe Flach
    Date: 3/12/2014 12:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks, Anthony, I am glad you liked it. I always try to think of ways to take the contest themes where others might not think to go, but also, technically stay within the requested theme. Sometimes it works ... sometimes, not so much. My Freshmen Composition professor in college told me to always try to be unique and creative with every assignment given - I try to follow that advice every chance I get. Thanks for sponsoring the contest.
  1. Date: 3/11/2014 12:31:00 AM
    Joe, you spoke to my heart. Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 9:06:00 PM
    Congratulations Joe...this is wonderful. I particularly like the way you have thought outside the box and drawn our attention to islands in our midst. Awesome write...

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 5:55:00 PM
    touching and really a reality prose.. nice.. i hope that poverty will soon be just history.. kudos!!

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 5:22:00 PM
    Joe thank you for sharing your wonderful poem, a reminder of poverty right here at home. Many of us our blinded to this, either too busy lives, better yet " out of mind, out of sight". I know I've reversed this phrase because many of us do not live in areas of such poverty, but poverty does exist. Congratulations on your well deserved win - Connie

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 5:19:00 PM
    such a worthwhile poem and message this is, Joe. Very deserving of a top win in my book. Congratulations.

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 12:41:00 PM
    Joe congratulations for the win... You tell like it is... :)s Verlena

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 7:28:00 AM
    Right on Joe!..This country is such a mixture of good and bad..Just got back from Costa Rica..a lovely place with a lot of poverty..they seem happy though, and not so stressed by not having a 50 inch TV..makes you wonder. Congrats on your fine win. BG

  1. Date: 3/10/2014 6:44:00 AM
    wow Joe a great stark reminder that all is not always paradise on an island great pen love your take congrats on win hugs