Elizabeth Padillo Olesen
Elizabeth Padillo Olesen Poems
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Between The Rich And The Poor
Who draws the gap between people?
They call them rich, they call them poor
The rich squander in wealth and abundance
The poor wonder what to eat next time.
Who allows injustice as iron fists
Smashing down the humble dignity
Of the weak, elevating the powerful
To decide what for the poor is best?
Who wakes up in the middle of the night
Feeling the grumbling hungry tummy
Over an open roof and empty plates?
Who orders trips to paradise during holidays
Hoarding bank shares and silver and gold?
Love Beyond Measure
Who can fathom its depth
when it touches the heart
to rejoice and mourn?
Who can conquer its height
when it elevates one to
the apex of delirium and success?
Who can hoard its fragrance
when to hide it
murders the beauty
of both man and woman?