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

  • Prabir Gayen (2/28/2019 4:07:00 AM)

    Just 10++++++++++++ from me...so reality and minute observation... thanks (Report)Reply

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(5/17/2019 2:03:00 PM)

    Thanks for rating this poem so generously. Deeply appreciated!

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  • Prabir Gayen (2/28/2019 4:06:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem dear poetess.. The gap is eternal.... thanks (Report)Reply

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(5/17/2019 2:05:00 PM)

    Thanks. Yes, the gap seems eternal in reality. All through the years and through generations we keep the common vision for peace and justice and for equality and often we see that there is this gap that seems cannot be healed. But let us not give up our hope for a just and equal society among citizens and all dwellers therein.

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  • Ahile Kashami Ahile (1/3/2019 2:53:00 AM)

    God! This really speaks of the situation in my country, you wrote it like you were here. It's breaks our hearts everyday how our system takes everything from us and hands it to the one percent in Nigeria, were the laws only oppress the poor, where we are kept poor because of the greed and corruption of the rich and powerful. (Report)Reply

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(1/3/2019 3:24:00 AM)

    I meant I am really happy that read your poem. THere was error in my first reply to you. Instead of glad, I spelled God. Take care and keep on writing.

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(1/3/2019 3:22:00 AM)

    Hi, Ahile, I am really God that this poem also speaks to the situation in your own country. This is reality in our world, a window to human sin of greed and corruption.

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  • Nivy Sochi (10/16/2017 4:44:00 PM)

    Thought-provoking questions from a perceptive heart. These interrogatory remarks provide their answers on their own. Well dished out piece, dear poetess. (Report)Reply

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(10/16/2017 4:50:00 PM)

    Thanks for your beautiful response, Chukwuma. Deeply appreciated.

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  • (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

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  • 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

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(8/19/2017 5:37:00 PM)

    Thanks, Ernest, for your appreciation of this piece.

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

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

    Elizabeth Padillo Olesen(8/19/2017 5:38:00 PM)

    Yes, Liza, the poor children do need help, mercy and compassion. Thanks for responding!

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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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