Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Between The Rich And The Poor - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

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?


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Yes, there is indeed a wide gap between the rich and the poor in our worlds. I wrote this, recallng some children in the streets of Cebu City, Philippines, begging and sleeping on the streets. This is the same situation seen in the slum streets in India or many places in Africa, and of course, even in a powerful country like USA.

Comments about Between The Rich And The Poor by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • (1/21/2016 10:10:00 AM)


    Great poem about the realities of capitalism, and people. Great question. (Report) Reply

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  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (1/20/2016 6:39:00 AM)


    Thanks for your appreciative response to this poem, dear Ernest Makuakua. (Report) Reply

  • Ernest Makuakua (1/12/2016 4:33:00 AM)


    love the piece

    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?
    the rich and the poor
    (Report) Reply

  • Liza Sudina (10/24/2015 9:46:00 AM)


    poor children call us for good deeds! (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/27/2012 5:11:00 AM)


    Thanks for a very postive comment, Yash. (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (10/27/2012 3:34:00 AM)


    this poem shows criticism in right manner loved the powerful expressions and phrase keep writing :) (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (9/2/2012 1:50:00 PM)


    Thanks, Thomas, for responding to this poem with a much more beautiful verse. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 27, 2012

Poem Edited: Saturday, September 1, 2012


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