Written by: Nicole Sharon Brown

The very shallowness of poverty swallows me,
Like a snake swallows a mouse.

It is the cause of my muscle's soreness,
Because my bones are too porous.

In salaries and work time and such,
Makes me wish that I was rich very much.

Mayonnaise sandwiches,
Is not one of life's advantages.

Means a lot to me even though
I don't have it .

I claim ownership of this quality.
So after I labor diligently and stealthily
No longer will I let shallow poverty
Swallow me.

written in Fall 2004
while still @ college ULM
before economy was declared to be awful it was already awful in Monroe, LA
for  a large group of certain people who were rich with talent and skills and no means to use 
it at home.