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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

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 head...

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Categories: emotions, feelings, poverty,
Form: Iambic Pentameter

Premium Member Mundane Matters of Mortals
how they suffer
poverty seeds disease 
like a puddle breeds mosquitoes - 
the sickly buzz is everywhere..

the dirge of the drudge 
nowadays damn near everyone in...

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Categories: poverty, dark, death, loss, planet,
Form: Free verse
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,
Form: Lyric
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,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member High Bred Reality
Soul progress
     back field in motion
The guff
     Chose, chose, live grow leave!  GO!

Leapt from heaven's gold

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

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,
Form: Prose
Premium Member So Much About Living She Has Learned Since
Grit in her eyes beaming fortitude of vibes
Powers her dash from one end to the other
Handing out drinks: brandy, whiskey, beer;
Serving high rollers and surly...

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Categories: poverty, angst, courage, dad, death,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Soup by Picasso 1902-1903 New Poem 1256
Poverty and hunger are bedfellows.~ The Poet~ 

Alluring, pleading
Yet it will burn,
Pangs of hunger
Immanent yearn.
Desperate child 
So forlorn
For the poverty 
To which she was born.

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Categories: poverty,
Form: Ekphrasis
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,
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
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

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Categories: poverty, bullying, dark, depression, grief,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member If I Ruled the World
If I ruled the whole wide world there's so much that I would change
I wouldn't be Mr Popular and they'd think me somewhat strange
First thing...

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Categories: poverty, conflict, environment, hate, international,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member A Wind That Blows Loneliness
The wind blows softly over the lonely,
The suffering think of themselves only.
A world of chaos, racism, and turmoil,
Utmost egomanias spoil our toil.

An old man groans,...

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Categories: pain, poverty,
Form: Sonnet
Premium Member 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,
Form: Rhyme
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,
Form: Free verse
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 you...

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Categories: forgiveness, poverty,
Form: Rhyme
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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Categories: imagination, poverty, rainbow,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member In the Forgotten Places
Another hungry, homeless child will die
Parents have no job, no food, no insurance
Undernourished pregnant woman cry,
The Feds give only lip-service assurance.

Most people think it can’t...

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Categories: fear, perspective, places, poverty,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member Christmas Is Coming
It is now that time of year again when people start feeling festive
Kids write lists of pricey toys making parents feel apprehensive
Computer games and the...

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Categories: christmas, poverty,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Old Delhi
a mass of wires criss-crossed the sky
and hung across the road
as car horns - stuck on 'play repeat'
blared out where tourists strode.

there were happy, smiling...

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Categories: holiday, poverty, social, travel,
Form: Rhyme
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,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member In Memory
where we are born is a coin toss
some are lucky some are not
here we live a sheltered life
ignorant of the injustices in other lands
we take...

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Categories: poverty, abuse, corruption, inspirational, political,
Form: Free verse
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,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member From Humble Beginnings
As the bitter Northern wind howled in the grey early morn,
Sat a young child half frozen, looking sad and forlorn,
He came from...

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Categories: poverty,
Form: Rhyme