I Am Not My Poverty

I am not my poverty.

I refuse to give in

And be brought down

Though poverty wants to keep me in.

I am not my poverty.

I do not own it as a coat.

My poverty does not define me.

I will not let it be so.

My dreams are in place.

My goals are in line.

I am not my poverty.

It will not be mine.

The struggles are finite.

The pain will not be here long.

These conflicts are for a reason.

In my faith I must be strong.

Poverty engulfs me

Desires to sift me.

Why should I bow to

What threatens to consume me?

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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

How true...thank you for writing a beautiful poem about what so many individuals and families are facing today. Many children go to bed hungry every night.

I teach Human Services courses at Liberty University online and I ask my students what they would change about the delivery of human services...their answers are interesting and varied. I have always thought that in addition to taxing the very wealthy, they should also be strongly encouraged (maybe with tax incentives) to donate a percentage of their wealth to do something concrete to relieve poverty, such as start up businesses where many of the unemployed can be employed and earn a living, and that might include housing areas where employees can help build their own houses and pay for their home little by little through their jobs. The housing complex would include a clinic where basic medical needs could be taken care of and there would be programs in place to teach health and wellness topics, as well as parenting classes and other important skills.


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Wonderful poem! There is too much poverty in this world and too little being done about it, the US included.

Up & shared


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Powerful and moving poem.. Thank you for writing it and for sharing it wit us and you are entirely right.

I have been both poor and comfortable. Poor enough in my twenties that I was only able to feed my children because of food stamps and our gas was cut off, so we lived without hot water for three months.

My children are grown and I am out of debt with a decent job, can splurge on books and music and even occasionally help others.

And neither situation defines me. External conditions are not who we are. We are the personality and character that we cultivate and develop.

I like your poem and the truth it carries a great deal. Sharing.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Debbie, Thank you for reading. I like the questions you ask your students. I hope they are inspired to think what they can do to help those in our world suffering.

Xstatic, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you appreciated this. Thanks for the up vote and share. You are right, there is too much poverty and not enough action to help alleviate it.

Phdast7, Thanks for reading and sharing. I am glad to hear that you are out of debt, something elusive for so many. I, too, have been comfortable and in lack. In either, I believe it is my duty to help others.


Justsilvie 4 years ago

I just read today that 21,000 children die everyday, and so many of the causes are related to poverty. But the world just seem to ignore the stats.

Your Beautiful poem is moving and brings a picture to you mind. Well done.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Justsilvie, Thanks for reading. The statistics are staggering and shouldn't be so easily ignored. Our culture makes us so me focused that we do not care to see others' needs. I am so glad you appreciated my poem.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Very persuasive article on the issue of poverty. Lovely poem with such deep meaningful verses. I work at a homeless shelter once a month and hear the stories of how poverty affects their lives. It is touching to hear how they find help from others and maintain their positive outlook.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Teaches, thanks for reading. I appreciate you working at a homeless shelter. That must be satisfying.


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debbiepinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

I am going to share this poem with my Human Services classes at liberty University!


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Debbie, Thanks. I really appreciate you sharing my work with your classes. I'm interested to learn what type of discussions develop afterwards.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very profound piece!!! Yes, poverty does not define who that person is, as they are just in that circumstance, hopefully, not forever. My heart breaks for the homeless, especially children, and those who live in poverty due to no fault of their own. God bless. Excellent hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Faith, Thanks for reading. Many people find themselves in situations beyond their control. It is hard for people living in poverty to see that their lives will be anything else. I am glad that you appreciated this.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Voted Up and Interesting! You have penned some inspirational lines here. Good work.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, MsDora, I appreciate the up and interesting. Glad you liked it.


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aykianink 4 years ago

Powerful. Loved the poem. Thank you for this.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

aykianink, Thanks. Glad you liked it.


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Hendrika 2 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

This really speaks to me. We are actually almost there. In South Africa it is almost impossible to count the numerous problems with poverty. At every street corner there is someone with a board asking for help. No one can really help as most of us are just struggling to stay alive ourselves.

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