A Poem: What If?

It saddens me to see this world

So full of hate and greed

People needing the thing they "want"

Others wanting the things they need


Wealth is fine if wisely used

To be a voice for good

Instead the rich get richer still

The poor still cry for food


The overpaid like movie stars

And those that play at sport

Reside in homes the size of towns

The hungry not given thought


They argue over miilions earned

To hit a puck on ice

While children die each second passed

And others cling to life


There are the ones who try their best

To do their part it’s true

And yet the millions dying still

Cannot be fed by few


What if the wealth was one day pooled

And shared to everyone

Those with too much could give up some

To those who sit with none


You’re just jealous, I hear you cry

You want what they have gained

It’s not for me I dream this dream

It’s for those who have no name


Their faces all have come to know

Their hunger plain to see

That is if we even stop to look

And think beyond just “me”.

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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

Sums of so many of my feelings... As a full time student, a stay at home mom, part time housekeeper for said rich people, and a recipient of food stamps just so my kids can eat while I try to climb to the top- I understand completely. I go into these multi million dollar homes and clean and make beds for their spoiled kids and just get so bitter about how unfair it can be. I try not to judge too much because I know some of them worked very hard, but its still hard not to, well, be jealous, especially when there are days when I work through a rumbling belly because I haven't eaten all day because I don't have a dollar to my name. But then I turn on the TV and see a trashy family like Honey Boo Boo's getting paid 15-20K an episode to dress their daughter up like a stripper and feed her red bull and mountain dew. Gah! This topic gets me heated. But you nailed it beautifully, well written and raw!


JThomp42 3 years ago

Awesome!! If only this would happen. Voted up and awesome.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@bizarrett81 - I hear your heart in your comment. Nobody in your position could be thought badly of if they have "jealous" moments. You work is thank-less I'm sure. Poverty and hunger is not just for the 3rd world either, eh?

Thankfully I have managed to avoid Honey Boo Boo (although I have heard of it)... don't get me started on reality TV though!

Appreciate you stopping by...


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@JThomp42 - we have to have a dream, don't we? Thanks for the vote.


JThomp42 3 years ago

We certainly do petenali!


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bizarrett81 3 years ago from Maine

Petenali- My work can definitely be thankless! It never ceases to amaze me that a person can charge $4000 a week for a rental camp on the beach, but put up a stink and argue when my boss wants to raise her prices from $135 a cleaning to $150. Its like ,come on, we need to make money too!

And as for Honey Boo Boo- I will never watch it! The only reality show I like is Scare Tactics LOL. But its hard to avoid her on social media and I just happened to read an article on how much she gets paid yesterday. It was like being punched in the stomach.

I would love to be rich someday, but honestly, what I want most in the world is my own little plot of land on which I can learn to be self sustaining... unfortunately, you need money to do that...


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flashmakeit 3 years ago from usa

Excellent poem and I wonder why some of those rich billionaires do not try to open more food banks in under develop countries. Vote up!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh My this should hits lots a feelings and deep cords with people.. I so agree with you. the poem is wonderful and very sad. but it needs to be said... If people with large pocketbooks would just help those starving.. what is wrong with them? this would make a great HOW poem. for BillyBuc's HOW MOVEMENT. I will share it on that page..

God Bless you for writing this

sharing

Debbie


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I agree with Deborah - this needs to shared on billybuc's HOW movement! I know of some who will say this idea you write about so poetically is wrong. That those who have too much money deserve what they have because they have worked for it, while those without are lazy. I know that this isn't always true and that many of those without do everything they can to make it out of the whole they are in. Some of the wealthy do share, while others keep it to themselves. Wouldn't it be nice if there were no starving people in the world?


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HoneyBB 3 years ago from Illinois

Amazing poem and so true...while many people with a lot of money donate to charitable causes, I don't understand how many others can live in mansions while so many people live in the streets. Voted ++++


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Outstanding thoughts! This should be in the H.O.W movement. Up and sharing and pinning on my Humanity board. Thanks.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@flashmakeit - The sad fact is that many (not all) rich billionaires can't see beyond the end of their noses. here's plenty of money in the world - it just needs to be redistributed. Thanks for the vote.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Deborah - Thanks for your comment and for sharing my poem. This actually started out as an intended rant against the NHL lockout but my heart has been burdened on this subject and so it went where it did. Re-distribution of the wealth is all that is needed...


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@justateacher - I understand that some people have "worked" for their wealth, but does that still mean they should sit by and watch others die when they have the means to stop it? I am aware of some wealthy people who do much to help the less fortunate, but it upsets me when athletes can spend weeks arguing about their millions during which time umpteen thousand people have died from starvation.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@HoneyBB - disparity in the world's wealth is the issue and it is caused by greed.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@CrisSp - thanks for the comment and the sharing and the voting and also the pinning. :^)


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web923 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

You are using your fine talent for a just cause! Hats off to you for an excellent poem!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@web923 - Thank you so much for that kind comment...


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Thomas Swan 3 years ago from New Zealand

Your poem has reignited my zeal for socialism, in a mind drifting to the embittered right.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Thomas - glad to help in any way I can... ;^P


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

What I'm about to say may sound like I'm purposefully pushing buttons and not being patriotic. But, after reading your beautiful poem, and pondering what my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was all about, I'm thinking that His lifestyle and example was closer to an ideal form of communism rather than capitalism. Again, please understand what I'm saying. The world needs more of a sharing mentality than a dog eat dog race to the top. Regardless of any merits my comments may or may not have with those who don't read these words in context, I love and appreciatee the message you shared here with us, petenali!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@hawaiianodysseus - my intention here was not to touch on politics, but more on the state of the human heart when it come to seeing the needs in others and meeting them. Thanks for stopping by


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DON BALDERAS 3 years ago

So true. Care for each other is what we need.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@DON BALDERAS - so true my friend. If we took as much care for others as we do for ourselves, the world would be a different place indeed. Thanks for your comment.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

wow, wow, and WOW! This is already a favorite! Love the hard-hitting, no bull, straight talk..Love the caring heart that could write this!

simply awesome!

I often think that man created god in HIS image - and not vice versa...sigh...

HOW amazing! sharing forward...


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JamiJay 3 years ago from Somewhere amongst the trees in Vermont.

This is such a beautifully written poem with a very strong message. I really loved it, thanks for sharing with all of us :)


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@ImKarn23 - thanks so much. I always wait to see what sort of a comment you will write, a little anxiously to be honest, but then you go ahead and write this. Muchly appreciated! Have yourself a great day!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@JamiJay - aww, thank you so much. My pleasure...


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A beautiful poem, wonderful sentiments, maybe one day things will change for the better.

Voting all the way up.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@tobusiness - maybe one day... it's good to have a dream. Thanks for your comment, and your vote!


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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Beautiful and awesome! Sharing this!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@livingsta - thank you so very much. Appreciate you sharing this - need to get the message out there!


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Gladys Familaran 3 years ago

if we could only love each other and treat each other as family maybe then there will be no poor people. Only us who understand this problem can begin taking action to address the situation. Writing literary pieces like this is a good start. Maybe then, those cold hearted people will begin to care. Voted up and shared!


Valleypoet 3 years ago

We are so fortunate to have our basic needs, but we concern ourselves with what we want all the time...it's a crazy mixed up world..your poem gives voice to the injustice of it all...thanks for sharing:-))


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Gladys - therein lies the secret I think - LOVE. It is a word bantered about so glibly nowadays, the depth of its true meaning veiled by platitudes and modern day commercialism. True love is complete self-less, but for most people that is so, so hard to live out. Thanks for reading, voting and sharing.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Valleypoet - we are indeed a blessed people and yet too often we confuse "wants" with "needs". We "want" the latest whatever, whereas the hungry "need" their next meal... Appreciate the comment.


Sueswan 3 years ago

Hi petenali

"They argue over millions earned

To hit a puck on ice

While children die each second passed

And others cling to life"

If we want to make a difference we can. We need to get our priorities straight then what a wonderful world it would be.

Voted up and sharing

Take care :)


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Sueswan - indeed, priorities are where it's at. Unfortunately human nature has "self" as priority #1. Thanks for sharing and voting :-)


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Curiad 3 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Wow, what else can be said.

It is not about money per sea, not about wealth in the material sense. But about the love shared between peoples, between spirits, following the teachings of Jesus during his life here on earth.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Curiad - "love shared between peoples" is a concept which, if truly embraced, could literally change the world. Thanks so much for your comment.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

It is amazing, the way we live on this earth. The men with millions. Money means so much to them! They even hide it offshore, in order not to pay taxes. Even while children die of hunger. What Curiad wrote is true.

The love of money is more important then the lives of children that none of them know, or even care.

That is sad, but true.

Voted up


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Relationshipc 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

That is really all it would take...people to think about and do for other people. If everyone did, this world would be a very balanced place. Great poem.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Michelle - The love of money is the root of all evil according to a guy named Timothy and he seems to have hit the nail on the head. People love money more than people love people. Sad but true. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Relationshipc - heartily agree, but the balance is simply not there when one has so much money they don't know what to waste it on next, but another may not survive long enough to make it to their next mouthful of food ( if and when it comes...)


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LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

Amazing, beautiful and insightful poem! Your words truly bring sadness to the heart...... There is a lot of poverty in the world, and sadly very few cares! Thanks for sharing....

Voting up and awesome!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@LaThing - thanks for the kind words and the vote.


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sunkentreasure 3 years ago

A BEAUTIFUL GIFT FOR GOD By BERNARD LEVINE

When you sacrifice something

to give to the needy

When you teach a child how to pray

When you go out of your way

to help a stranger

It's a beautiful gift for God.

When you speak God's Words

and bring light on the world

When you heal the heart of the suffering

When you show kindness to those hurting

How wonderful and precious that moment is.

When you bring hope into someone's life

When you bless the poor with your love

When you make God your number 1

You bring joy into heaven.

© Bernard Levine


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James-wolve 3 years ago from Morocco

Awesome.The real war which we should wage against is the hunger and poverty. people in remote places are suffering and dying every day because of our greediness and selfishness.I like the verses:

What if the wealth was one day pooled

And shared to everyone

Those with too much could give up some

To those who sit with none

I voted up.Thanks for sharing it with us.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@sunkentreasure - beautiful sentiments. Thanks for your comment.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@James-wolve - the war you speak of is massive and worldwide. Our greed has meant that it is not going away but rather is intensifying. The rich get richer, the disparity greater, the hungry sadly get dead-er. Thanks for your input.


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Cyndi10 3 years ago from Georgia

Beautiful poem, unfortunately, a timeless message. It seems we are destined to always have hunger, greed, and man's inhumanity to man. But there are good things as well. Many of those rich give away millions to help fight the injustices and inequities that exist. Then, there are others who don't seem to have a clue. Well done.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Cyndi10 - yes, there are some who truly try to make a difference, but sadly there are many who are able to but choose not to. Thank you for your comments...


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Beautiful, sad and unfortunately oh so true! The wealth in this country is lopsided to say the least. And how much food is thrown away each day when there are so many mouths to feed?


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@bravewarrior - don't get me started on the food wastage. I rarely go to those "all you can eat" buffets for that very reason. They should be called "take it and waste it" restaurants. Thanks for commenting...


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blondey 3 years ago

Wow what a beautifully written poem. Quite amazing a powerful "punch" impact, I like that!

Nice!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@blondey - thank you so much for your kind comment.


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epigramman 3 years ago

two biggest words in the world - what if - but there is one thing even bigger - your poetic heart. Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 1:49pm


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@epigramman - thank you for those kind words my friend, especially from a fellow Ontario inhabitant...


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Johan Smulders 3 years ago from East London, South Africa

Great poem.


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Johan Smulders - appreciate that. Hope it touched your heart and the hearts of many others.


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Wow this poem packs a punch. Unfortunately it is too true.

brilliant message.

Sharing


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Rosemay50 - thank you so much. Glad to see the message reached New Zealand. It is a message that everyone needs to hear...


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Cassidydt 3 years ago

This is beautiful!!!


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petenali 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Cassidydt - thanks a bunch!


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Rui Carreira 22 months ago from Torres Novas

Voted this beautiful, but it sure manages to be a bit ugly too. Nice one :(


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petenali 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Rui Carreira - yes, our world can be very ugly at times. Thanks for taking time to read my poem and for the vote.


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Dannie Arcus 22 months ago from Peshawar

beautiful poem


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petenali 22 months ago from Ontario, Canada Author

@Dannie Arcus - thank you so much. I really appreciate your taking time to read me sharing my heart.

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