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?
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.
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