Rigzin Namgyal

Rookie - 374 Points (9 may / India)

Poverty - Poem by Rigzin Namgyal

he was born poor..
his whole life..
he lived..plagued by po(v) erty..
his rich neighbor had a dog..
he wished..
he were the rich man's dog..

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poet's Notes about The Poem

..life's like that..

Comments about Poverty by Rigzin Namgyal

  • Frank AdieFrank Adie (1/20/2018 2:34:00 PM)

    This is a very touching poem. I see a picture of the worst form of poverty painted here. Short but insightful piece. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Adeline FosterAdeline Foster (4/29/2016 9:58:00 AM)

    Ah yes, Still a dog Read mine - We the Unencumbered -

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (4/11/2015 10:23:00 PM)

    A look at perspective with a sad but true poem (Report)Reply

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  • Payal Parande (3/27/2014 1:13:00 PM)

    wow very profound and deep..brilliantly written sir (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (3/25/2014 10:30:00 AM)

    A very potent and powerful write. Comparing ourselves with
    others will always leave us feeling incapable. Yet even so the
    dogs ate lavishly from the masters table but is still a dog
    nonetheless. Very thought provoking.

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  • Hazel DurhamHazel Durham (3/24/2014 7:17:00 AM)

    Courage and determination can try and overcome poverty to seek a better life we have to use our inner strength to pull through!
    Very good write!

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  • Kee Thampi (3/23/2014 11:06:00 PM)

    men might fight and win
    see the greatness of Narendra Modi from a Chaiwala......

    work and work for roti

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  • Elena SanduElena Sandu (3/23/2014 5:50:00 PM)

    A very painful poem. Sad tears for the man'n defeat. The dog could be unhappy too wanting to be in the poor man's skin for he's been sold from one and a half month old puppy never again to see its mother and sisters and brothers. The dignity of a living could be transformed if it becomes the toy of others. Freedom might also be a treasure to long for. I read once a poem about two children eating from the garbage. The smile of the boy watching the girl eating grew on me. Can't remember the poem nor who wrote it, but I realized then that nothing can stop the smiles of big hearts. Somebody(my louzy memory again, sorry) said that the poor more often have such big hearts that could never be kept in chains. Maybe the poor man will find the road back to his smiles even if the life is hard. The least this is my hope. (Report)Reply

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  • Indranil BhaduriIndranil Bhaduri (3/23/2014 12:56:00 AM)

    This is just mindblowing... read it atleast 10 times. (Report)Reply

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  • Cati WalthallCati Walthall (3/21/2014 12:38:00 AM)

    wow, only a few lines, yet it's really powerful. I've grown up with having not a lot of money, We have probably just enough to get by, and thank god we have this, because god knows ppl have less, but what comes out of it that rich people don't get is having a sense of pride for the stuff you have and earn, and things in life are more valueable to you (Report)Reply

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  • Mehta Hasmukh AmathalalMehta Hasmukh Amathalal (3/21/2014 12:36:00 AM)

    well, nice good poem i wont say. but thought i would love to discourage,

    i composed poetry to reply you as under: -

    I discourage such thoughts
    Why situation is not fought?
    If he was sick and ill
    I could still understand his will

    Why did he prefer to be dog?
    When there was something like god
    He could have trust god and destiny
    Everybody is not created same by almighty?

    It is insult to the humanity
    When one looses the faith on one’s capacity
    Poverty is no curse but temporary phenomenon
    It may improve when misfortune is gone

    Many more may be poor like him
    Yet no one thinks in that term
    On the contrary he must think of riding high
    Of course poverty may mar his chance of reaching great height

    I used to cry same as he did
    But never lost hope or surrendered to greed
    If one is believing in fate or luck
    That can happen with anyone or get struck

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  • Romeo Della ValleRomeo Della Valle (3/20/2014 7:09:00 PM)

    A few thought provoking words! I wish the element of comparison would be a little longer but nevertheless, it is powerful! Your talent is clearly shown in this small write and your potential in the Poetry World! Thanks for sharing and keep it up! 10+++ Cheers from New York City www.romeodellavalle.com (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Poem Edited: Monday, March 24, 2014

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