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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 Disposable Wisdom
Each day Annie Lesley opened a can
Her eighty-six-year-old hands trembling
As she sat with her cat and ate pet food
What is wrong with this elder’s rendering?

Pride...

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Categories: poverty, age, cat, endurance, life, wisdom, world
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member Wind From The Sea



Inspired by Andrew Wyeth Watercolor Painting -- Wind From the Sea, 1947




Standing in the old house
A strange mixture of feelings erupt within me
My roommates Depression,...

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Categories: poverty, conflict, depression, forgiveness, hope, love,
Form: I do not know?
Premium Member The End
The End

Seeing through these cold dead eyes now,
This world looks much different.

The scars of one’s life entire,
Appear now for all to see.

What once meant everything,
Really...

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Categories: poverty, change, death, god, heaven, judgement, metaphor,
Form: Lyric
Indian Girl
--Virginia Slim--

Different eyes, the same world 
Ancient skin, dirty Indian Girl 
Smokey, eyes, exotic raven hair 
---Now listen to  the colors, of transformation, 
On...

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Categories: poverty, adventure, girl, life, native american, spiritual,
Form: Ballad
If I Could
if i could,             

                         i'd  wish a magic wand....

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Categories: poverty, giving,
Form: Free verse



Premium Member Too Much Sadness for Me
there's too much sorrow...
don't you know
we are all going to die
a starting point always beckons a finish
sooner or later
no matter how
peaceful or painful
that final moment...

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Categories: poverty, sad, truth,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Rest is Silence
I left her behind
emaciated
I left her
dying
I left her
I left her
I wanted to die there with her
there in the desert
where I left my mother
there where the...

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Categories: poverty, history, remembrance day,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Good Deeds
Good Deeds are so precious
They are wonderful things
All are filled with compassion
Oh!...the happiness they bring!

They can not be corrupted
You can't buy them with cash
They are...

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Categories: poverty, hope, inspirational,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member Wake Up Oh Africa
With the heavy load you suffer
a substance not needed
yet drags you
cushioning your efforts
and deterring your pace, forgetting that
the Train is already moving
with passengers determined
for this...

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Categories: poverty, africa, dark,
Form: Epic
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,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Premium Member Leaves of the Dead
Leaves of the Dead

Les feuilles mortes 



They fall like dead soldiers
Dreams knifed in the dead of night
It is as yesterday
Once more
Where love was kissing my...

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Categories: poverty, french, imagery, music, paris, romantic, success,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member High Bred Reality
     Soul progress
     back field in motion
The guff
     Chose, chose, live grow leave!...

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Categories: childhood, faith, family, father, forgiveness, poverty,
Form: Verse
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, sunshine,
Form: Free verse
We Worked Long Enough
I laugh out loud
every time I hear a politician say,
that the best way to enrich a black person's life,
is to give them a job
Give them...

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Categories: poverty, slavery, society, truth, work,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member Pandora's Temptation
For the third time Pandora stands before the box
Inlaid with jewels ivory and gold
In her hand is the key – she closely examines
Intrigued by its...

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Categories: poverty, desire, hope, love,
Form: Dramatic Verse
woman
I am the daughter of eve ,with the strength to create or destroy the world,but you nasty people
Judge and say me as a simple weak...

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Categories: poverty, daughter, heart, life, love, me, mother,
Form: Name
Premium Member Swept under the carpet
If people suffer in truth at our hands
with ill education and manners
Then we turn on them spitting words
casting stones of hate
blame them as a menace...

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Categories: poverty, childhood, confusion,
Form: Free verse
Mother
You were gone before my mind 
could grasp the brush which paints
faces on memory's canvas.
Vaguely, flashes of an open grave
on a sunny winter's day -...

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Categories: poverty, mother,
Form: Free verse
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, simple, voice,
Form: Free verse
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,
Form: Rhyme
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: care, community, giving, inspirational, poverty, society,
Form: Rhyme
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,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member My Father Was
My Father Was...
   He Made the Stars Hush


A simple man was he, one child of ten,
   who lived and worked the...

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Categories: poverty, dad, father, inspiration, life, tribute,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
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,
Form: Quatrain
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: bullying, dark, depression, grief, murder, poverty,
Form: Free verse