Raymond C. Russell

(Chicago, Illinois)

Raymond C. Russell Poems

2. Poor People's Gift 1/2/2003

Poor People's Gift

Some of us are proud citizens of the great and powerful U.S.A.
But all citizens and foreigners work hard for their dinky pay.

The acceptance of a job is occasionally based on one's race.
Blacks are often labeled unemployable and a national disgrace.

But can you hear the sounds of all poor people crying?
Because poor whites, Hispanics, Asians, and Blacks are all dying.

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