Tag Archives: poverty

In the rich man’s world

I don’t want your money
I have no urge to steal
If only for a moment
you realise how I feel

Brought up in a ghetto
Parents killed before time
gangs all I have as relations
Inheritance not a dime

Leftovers for sustenance
held machetes, never a pen
Drugs carrier at five
Junkie at the age of ten

Hardened by daily beatings
Bullying is just for fun
betting my life everyday
roulette with loaded gun

Trading in crack, heroin
Thousands I do make
Wish I could cross thirty
before dumped in a lake

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Hypocrite

Two passages
Decadence laden, greed boils
Excessive wealth, polished tiles
adorned faces, fancy smiles,
Destitution, broken street
Torn clothes, bodies weak
Poor masses, fate bleak
Inequality, I berate you
Inhumanity, I hate you
thinking through
my lavish travels

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Rations

Wait for rations
all hours in a day
Someone somewhere
wastes away
double standards
are here to stay
rich have millions
and games to play
poor do rise
have your say
your say matters
in rags and tatters
we won’t let you live
until you give
up in the smoke
wealth croaks
humanity triumphs
vanity limps
end hegemony
burn fake money
food you produce
all yours to eat
Rations for rich
who don’t know
how to cook
let alone sow
that is only just
rise we must

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Have you seen her

I have seen her
She is around
Looking destitute
With gloomy eyes
Want to give her
All her life back
Then I see her
Bare arms with red, blue
Dark spots under the rags
I understand
why she lost everything
Why she begs!

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Observatory

watching intensely
passing youth
colourful dungeon
hiding black truth

aimless roaming
wasted ways
drunken nights
hazy days

self loathing
soon arrives
humanity hatred
fittest survives

street smart
learning game
borrow, steal
absence shame

lurching, searching,
who to blame
birthplace, environs
upbringing claim
poverty, destiny
all the same

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Hands

How much you have seen
Where have you been
What have you done
What have you won
Bare hands, hard work
Clearing cleaning others dirt
No amount in pension
no car no mansion
Just me and my brush
Nothing urgent no rush
All my dreams got crushed
Long long time ago
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