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Greed Allotments

Upon the transit city streets
Where all the faces seldom meet
and hands are seldom held in greet
as ears and eyes avoid hungers reek
Who clamors for the hungry born? 
While food is stuffed in fattened heads
delivered from thoughts of those unfed
while on the corner just up ahead
a man sits, weary, worn…

Corporations greedy towers
Counting coup and gaining power
Diamonds on their loved ones shower
Thousand dollar suits empower
Who offers hope for poor’s new born?
Unpaid a worthy wage to each
their monthly bills in hope to meet
Body hungry, so kids can eat
A man sits, weary, worn…

Fists clasping hold to wallets tight
Gathering things, their given right
Reaching always for richer heights
Employees grieve, though not in sight
Who suffers, man, poor wages born?
When unattained, money sought
Though fair wages are clearly bought
a paycheck, cashed, is stretched too taunt
A man sits, weary, worn…

Hiding funds in a foreign land
Tax evasions rape sovereign sand
Lobbying to hold the wealthy hand
Meager sums paid retirement plans
Greed begets the poor wages born
while feet get wet for need of shoes
Though they smile, hearts sing the blues
When second job hopes come unglued
A man sits, weary, torn…

On 08/31/14  I declared this 4 day undertaking completed.  I’ve tweaked to the best of my ability.  The rhyme scheme was not the challenge, it was the meter I found hard to follow through in each verse.  Not anywhere near what I consider the best of my scribbles but here it is !!  


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  1. Date: 9/15/2014 9:16:00 AM

    Amazing write, great message and fine win! Congrats all the way around my friend!
  1. Date: 9/15/2014 8:09:00 AM

    You did a wonderful job of it Debra. I think it brought across beautifully the problem of todays society. Congratulations on your win.
  1. Date: 9/15/2014 1:36:00 AM

    Creative and captivating write, Debra, congrats
  1. Date: 9/14/2014 9:59:00 PM

    Debra, I just love it.. Congrats on your win!
  1. Date: 9/6/2014 2:09:00 PM

    Oh, did I mention how I hate condisention. Well to do's who have not one intention. Of sharing the wealth as the poor live in stealth. And no one's concerned for what they have learned and do nothing to help with prevention. Ohhhhh! Give us this day lord. May we do what we can. And be grateful for less helping our fellow man. Peace. :)
  1. Date: 9/5/2014 4:33:00 PM

    I read this one again, yep pretty amazing!
  1. Date: 9/1/2014 11:46:00 PM

    I am confused, why do you not like this one. You should be proud of this piece. I work with homeless people through my volunteer work. I cut hair on Thursdays and have met some wonderful people over the years. This write holds special meaning for me. Well done!
  1. Date: 8/31/2014 3:46:00 PM

    the repeating line makes it all the more poignant. It's clear you spent a lot of time , poets' sweat and tears into this one. I admire you for that. You had something important to say and you didn't just scribble it down and throw it onto the site. You did a GREAT job.
  1. Date: 8/31/2014 10:59:00 AM

    well you're wrong so there. every word in this rhyme is vital. it is an excellent piece. i loved reading it. so you just keep writing your finely bred gifts and let us be the judge. thank you from the heart.