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Poverty Poems | Examples of Poverty Poetry

Poverty Poems. Below are examples of poems about poverty. This list of poverty poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples of poverty poetry. This list of works about poverty is an excellent resource for examples on how to write poverty poems.

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List of Poverty Poems

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Premium Member Poem Reflections on Thanksgiving John Gondolf Sonnet november, perspective, poverty, thanksgiving,
Premium Member Poem cruiser after cruiser cs parker Free verse abuse, america, poverty,
Three Wishes Dedu Son Quatrain abuse, dream, peace, poverty,
A Starving Child W.A. CHOLT Tanka child, conflict, death, poverty,
Premium Member Poem The Shop Window Bernard Chan Senryu clothes, desire, money, poverty,
Death By A Thousand Indignities Lawrence Sharp Free verse people, poverty,
Premium Member Poem The Dilettante Diaries - Pouring Champagne on a Hot Wind and Lighting the Bonfires of the Vanity Leanne Lovejoy-Burton Free verse poverty, abuse, children, home, political,
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Premium Member Poem Poverty of Health Gerald Dillenbeck Political Verse poverty, earth, health, integrity, language,
Premium Member Poem Propelling Power Of Hunger Carol Connell Free verse bible, god, longing, poverty,
PEACE Speare Earth Poetry Narrative poverty, absence, africa, allusion, places,

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STREET
by Line Gauthier


street child
that look of 
hunger in her eyes



posted on October 8, 2018...

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Senryu | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: child, lost, poverty, youth,

The Injured, Desolate Jericho
by Elizabeth Wyler
Where silhouetted sentinels silently stand in vain
bleeding shades of layered shame on blight-lined highways below, 
their ghostly shadows remind us of dreams we dared to...

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Villanelle | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, america, city, community, jobs,

Southern Style
by Rhona McFerran
As a child, I was never bored
I spent hours gawking
going through my mother's
home decorating magazines
seeing things I'd never seen
that we could never afford

So full of...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: memory, people, poverty, society,

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The Bug Jar Part 2
by Carol Connell
This is the continuation of the story written by my brother Bob of our growing up years in the chicken coop.

Because we had no rooms...

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Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, family, friendship, love, memory,

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The Bug Jar Part 1
by Carol Connell
This was written by my brother, Bob Contino. This is a longer more detailed version of my last poem posted, Chicken Coop Chronicle.

When I was...

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Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: family, love, memory, poverty,

The Price
by unfamiliar flower
They say "stay in school kids!"
Wow!
How easy it is just to attend class
after class and class.

They went to school,
Not each one of them but most...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, children, corruption, money, people,

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Chicken Coop Chronicle
by Carol Connell
Chicken Coop Chronicle

In chicken coop, sustained by God
there she and six children did dwell
sometimes with such antics pell mell
to many appearing quite odd
condition most would...

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Quintella | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, appreciation, childhood, family, growing

Different Levels of Broken
by Mark Morris
Shelters are pit stops for those who ride scooters all day. They're never late for anything: no boss. Broken, but they're having fun. I wave...

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Prose | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, angst, city, culture, fate,

My 9-Line Life, 5 To 17
by curtis johnson
Born the fourth child in a four-room brick house on a large farm in northern Mississippi where cotton was king and hard cheap labor was...

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Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: america, childhood, poverty, racism,

Nero Fiddles while Rome Burns
by Billy Jones
They sit in Ivory Towers
Looking down as the smoke rises
seeing faces full of pain

They cannot fathom why
They hear the Children cry
hunger in their stomachs they...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, abuse, anger, betrayal, hope,

THE WEED OF OUR LAND
by Adetunji Olanrewaju
Long after our political matric
Green meant for Agric to make us thick 
Become green for vices that make us weak
We are on the weed of...

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Ballad | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, africa, anger, poets, political,

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THE SCRAGGY FOWL
by JENNIFER PROXENOS
16th September 2018

THE SCRAGGY FOWL	

The frightened scraggy fowl ran shrieking across,
The grass trodden path,
Only a squawk was heard in the aftermath,
Isaac’s gain, the chicken’s loss!

Young...

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Enclosed Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: africa, hero, poverty,

Old Houses
by Rhona McFerran
We lived in many houses
throughout my childhood
'though some were worse than others
none of them were good

Some had moldy odors
that (at best) were most unpleasing
others had...

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Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, childhood, house, humor, humorous,

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Ghetto Specific
by Freddie Robinson Jr.

Homegrown deprivation weeds of poverty
taste like grassroot famine
Detroit dark amber alert operatic style ...
Ms. Sing Hope
is an Ursa skydive dirt bier
Purchasing uninsured ash fault grief
from...

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Dramatic Verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: metaphor, poverty, society, truth,

Shiver
by Brianna Hobson
We're too different says the wall paint
The only thing the 
same is our last name

Reach down with your giraffe neck 
to rescue me
Lucky you you...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, childhood, family, father, house,

Never Is Enough
by mark palmer
Quietly with cap to hand he begs on the street
With Cross legs he waits with a sigh, 
Cold in the pouring rain, with his fingers...

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Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: loneliness, lost, poverty, sad,

The rain came
by Akham nilabirdhwaja Singh
The rain came.
Eagerly all were waiting for it.
But a torrential fall
for a few days
rivers, lakes, ponds are in spate.
From the pond of the poor farmer
fishes...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty,

Proverbial Monoku
by Reason A. Poteet
Moderation asks us to let go of the ropes and let God be God.

8/31/18

Proverbs 30:8b-9
"...give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient...

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Monoku | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, 8th grade, angst, fate,

Untitled
by Darrell Hoover
Poverty drags me through the dust as a willing participant 
Money flows through my fingers like water
I dig out slowly from the holes I have...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty,

Dear Shari Todd written July 29 2015 hello 1u
by matthew harris
Dear Shari Todd – written July 29, 2015

While rifling thru outdated writing, 
     which virtual thumbing
     wrought...

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Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: poverty, 10th grade, father, father