Poverty serves up depression and despair instead of delight.

It brings lethargy to body and soul that longs for life.

It drops doubt into every dream with the ability to

distort reality into nightmarish proportions.

It envelopes and smothers every ray of light

with an oppressive shroud of darkness.

It transforms fresh air

into the polluted toxins of tainted existence.

It causes a metamorphosis

from lasting love to unsatisfying lust.

It fails to nurture and nourish well-being,

but perpetually feeds addiction.

It steals faith from the faithful,

infects decency with depravity,

and turns the hopeful into the hopeless.

However, it is a human construct.

It is only able to do what humans allow it to do.

Humans are responsible for it.

Humans can fix it.

Humans must discover their lost humanity.

Human or inhuman?

That is the question.

© JW Thomas


8 thoughts on “Poverty

    • jwtatfbc May 4, 2016 / 3:48 am

      Maybe not the entire system, but I do see the possibility to help one person at a time… and if we all chose to help when we can think of what could be accomplished. But it is an unlikely dream.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 4, 2016 / 3:53 am

        We can’t even help all the ones here in the USA, not to mention the entire world. It would take a different mindset of all people, and that’s not going to happen.

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc May 4, 2016 / 3:55 am

        No it won’t. But if those of us who still believe in helping others, or doing random acts of kindness still do our part we can still make the world a little better than if we give in to the pessimists.

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      • Mary Cathleen Clark May 4, 2016 / 3:57 am

        True…helping a few when one can is better than helping no one because one doesn’t believe they can change anything. I’m off to bed now, my wonderful friend. Good night and sweet dreams. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      • jwtatfbc May 4, 2016 / 3:58 am

        Good night and sweet dreams to you as well, Pretty Lady.

        Liked by 1 person

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