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Best Poverty Poems

Below are the all-time best Poverty poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of poverty poems written by PoetrySoup members


Premium Member Forgotten Soul
Forgotten Soul


I turn my head, and there she is once more
In her disheveled, worn and tattered dress,
One pew behind me near the exit door
She sits...

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Categories: emotions, feelings, poverty,



Premium Member High Bred Reality
     Soul progress
     back field in motion
The guff
     Chose, chose, live grow leave!...

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Categories: poverty, childhood, faith, family, father,

PEASANTS WITH PLEASANT RAGS
You see us everywhere you go
Every corner of your street house our offspring
Every bridge in your city has become our refugee camp
We are the people...

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Categories: morning, poverty, rain, storm,

Premium Member Support Your Local Poet
“Support your local poet please”
Said the man with hand out and down on one knee
I’m down on my luck
And for only a buck
My humble verses...

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© Chris Hagy  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: character, perspective, poets, poverty,

Premium Member Untouchable II

I sip Long Island Tea, watch your bare knees upon the tiles,

          The suits and Blaneks...

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Categories: analogy, poverty, prejudice, racism,

Please Take The Time
So many times we see someone in need
Most walk by while they piteously plead
Plead for help that may not come
Plead for love because they have...

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Categories: poverty, care, community, giving, inspirational,

Children of the Valleys
And as the hills yonder 
Turned red from sunset rays
As darkness engulfed the valley
And the sweet sounds of birds
Rent the cool evening air

Our cows and...

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Categories: africa, children, poverty,

Premium Member Looking Down
If wealth is now your blessing,
what then was the prayer?
Avarice, its goal possessing,
yet in penury, despair.

I see them often in the store
eyes ahead, regard for...

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Categories: poverty,

Slaughtered Innocence


The hideous and the humble
Blood peppers falling snow
As world hurtles to the tipping point
Life chokes on ignited air
Wrenching love from hungry mouths
Stars fall without sound
Some...

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Categories: poverty, bullying, dark, depression, grief,

Premium Member One Good Thing
In the late 1970s, I was going home on a Friday evening,
and needed a little more fuel in my truck, 
enough to get back to...

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Categories: life, memory, poverty, work,

Premium Member You're worthy of love
You're worthy of love

I see the scars, you're hiding deep within
they're not visible, upon your skin
you don't even know, how you could begin
to feel worthy...

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Categories: poverty, abuse, addiction, child abuse,

TRAIL OF TEARS
God knows at times it don’t all come up Roses
And most days, these days life don’t work at all
Each road I choose keeps leading me...

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Categories: bullying, depression, humanity, poverty,

Premium Member Rainbow Colored Camouflage
 Very many years ago,
 In the land of rich men called NO,
 Bobo, a poor man, had nowhere to go,
"Give me a little space...

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© Jo Daniel  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: imagination, poverty, rainbow,

The Blue Collar Guy
In the stillness of my room  I lay in bed
arms snugged tightly around my pillow
turned  side-ways facing moon and light
But it is not...

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Categories: fantasy, poverty,

Premium Member Finding Forgiveness
 Finding Forgiveness


Can you forgive my humble home?
A cardboard box my diamond dome
Can you forgive my scanty clothes?
The least that I worry of my woes
Can...

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Categories: forgiveness, poverty,

I Sat Beneath A Veteran Oak
I sat beneath a Veteran-oak,
In awe of His strength—
Here was a solid spirit!
Sympathy you get from Willow,
But stiff upper-lip from old soldiers,
With forged bark —
His...

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© Joe DiMino  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: poverty, allegory, allusion, father, history,

Death By A Thousand Indignities
Your large stuffed synthetic sack
and the aching bones and muscles
that strain against the pain
of a planet that you're sure must hate you,
are sure that you...

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Categories: people, poverty,

Premium Member POVERTY DEFINES TRUE WEALTH


 don't know if human's will ever see
 every soul born, is right where it's meant to be
For the rich to become the richest
 there...

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Categories: poverty, anger, care, change, class,

The Color Missing
The Color Missing
Red, black, and blue are the colors of our work pens. Red is the color of the blood we spill on other people’s...

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Categories: poverty, abuse, age, art, business,

A Casual Exchange
“Oh Edgar, look at those poor slaves, traipsing after His All Important, High and Mighty, Landlord.”
	“I wish I was a slave.”
	“Hush your mouth Edgar. Don’t...

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Categories: humorous, poverty, slavery,

trust the system
footsteps aimlessly
walking on their trails
beaten down and broken
shiny as the rails
the rails of the train
over used and rusted
crumbling ignored
the system that you trusted
the silence of...

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Categories: poverty, age, america, baptism, class,

DOLLAR SIGN OF THE TIMES
I aint got no money and I'm goin' down fast

My heads in the toilet and my life's in the trash

I wish I had a penny...

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Categories: august, poverty, rap,

Premium Member 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...

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Categories: poverty, sad, teenmom, home, home,

GHETTO GOSPEL
GHETTO GOSPEL

BY STREET CRIES

ABANDON BUILDINGS HOUSES WITH NO PARENTS ALL CHILDREN
READY AND WILLING TO BE PROGRAMED BY THE TELEVISION 
GUNS WITH PRECISE PRECISION 

PAIN PILL...

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Categories: poverty, addiction, art, education, political,

Street People
Lingering (in foggy haze)

Silhouettes of lost souls

(basket people muttering)

Lingering

(as they always do)

Culture of poverty
holding up signs
will work for food
the barefoot children
HIV and hunger
the powerless mothers...

Lingering

Cult...

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Categories: art, poverty,